Smoke free England

Smoking in vehicles

From 1 October 2015, it will be illegal to smoke in a car (or other vehicle) with anyone under 18 present.

Both the driver and the smoker could be fined £50. The law applies to every driver in England and Wales, including those aged 17 and those with a provisional driving licence. The law does not apply if the driver is 17 years old and is on their own in the car.

The law applies to any private vehicle that is enclosed wholly or partly by a roof. It still applies if people have the windows or sunroof open, have the air conditioning on, or if they sit in the open doorway of the vehicle. The law won’t apply to a convertible car with the roof completely down.

The rules don't apply to:

  • boats, ships and aircraft as they have their own rules,
  • work vehicles and public transport already which are covered by smokefree legislation