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Smoking in your car’s open doorway while you have children on board could get you fined

Drivers who smoke in the open door of their car with children in the car can be fined £50.

It’s been illegal to smoke in a car with anyone under the age of 18 since 2015 – but many could be disqualified by this legal provision.

Drivers can still be fined for smoking outside the open doors of an inheritance vehicle if they have children on board

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Drivers can still be fined for smoking outside the open doors of an inheritance vehicle if they have children on boardCredit: Getty – Contributor

Follow Government websiteAnyone who smokes in a fully or partially covered car while they have children in the vehicle can be fined – even with the windows or sunroof open or the air conditioning on.

But a smoker can also be fined if they “sit in the open doorway of their car” while the vehicle is parked.

Even if you are leaning outside the engine, because you are in the car seat, you are considered to be in the car.

Your cigarette smoke can still fly back inside the car and affect younger passengers.

Smoking in cars with children is illegal since October 2015

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Smoking in cars with children is illegal since October 2015Credit: Getty Images

According to the DVSA, the law does not apply to “a convertible with the roof fully lowered”.

It is illegal to light a car fire in England and Wales with anyone under the age of 18 present since October 2015

Anyone caught by police for a breach will be fined £50 for each smoker in the car.

And motorists can even be fined if they’re not the one holding the cigarette – meaning fines can be issued more than once.

But despite the law, police chose to issue a verbal warning rather than a fine in 80% of cases a year after it went into effect.

Road laws you need to know

This is the result of smoking in your car cost you up to £2,000.

Lighting behind the wheel can really devalue your engine, according to experts, with odors, stains and burns reducing the price when you come to sell it.

We have also revealed how drivers can fined up to £2,500 for a crash in the driver’s seat.

https://www.thesun.ie/motors/2571857/smoking-car-door-fine-children/ Smoking in your car’s open doorway while you have children on board could get you fined

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