Mercedes-Benz Vans is reminding all motorists that smoking in a vehicle with children present also applies to vans from this week (1 October 2015).
The new legislation makes it illegal to smoke in any vehicle when there are children under 18-years-old present. This will apply if motorists are seen smoking in a vehicle while it is parked with the door open, smoking out of the window, with a sunroof open, or with the air conditioning turned on.
The penalty will be a £50 fine, which could be doubled if the perpetrator is both the driver and the smoker.
The law which bans smoking in any enclosed workplace, including vans classed as a ‘work vehicle that more than one person uses’, has already been in place since July 2007, but now a van used by just one person which is also used to transport children under 18 will also be subject to the new legislation.
Steve Bridge, Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Vans, said: “The law is now very clear – it is illegal for anyone to smoke with a child present in a vehicle, regardless of what vehicle it is.
“Van drivers should already be familiar with the Smoking At Work law, so they need to see this new legislation as an extension – if there is ever more than just the driver using the van, stick to the rule of no smoking at all.”