The First Minister of Wales Rt. Hon Carwyn Jones AM has announced that smoking in cars with children and young people under the age of 18 will be banned in Wales. A consultation launched by the Health Minister Mark Drakeford AM presented that 86% of people agreed that smoking in cars should be stopped if under 18s are present. The law already requires any vehicle that is used by more than one person in the course of paid or voluntary work to be smoke free and an extension to this law is the next logical step.
Keep an eye out for the debate by the National Assembly on the regulations which will be held in the summer. If approved this will become a law in Wales on 1 October 2015. This is in line with similar plans in England. Enforcement of the proposed new law will largely be taken forward by police officers in conjunction with their wider functions on road safety. A £50.00 on-the-spot fine will apply to people caught breaking the new law.