Smoking in Vehicles

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2017
Reference: 
2017/3552
Question By: 
Peter Whittle
Organisation: 
UKIP
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

To ask the Mayor how many fines the Metropolitan Police has handed out since the ban on adults smoking while a child was present in their car was introduced earlier this year. 

Answer

Answer for Smoking in Vehicles

Answer for Smoking in Vehicles

Answered By: 
The Mayor

From 1 October 2015 (when smoking in a vehicle with children under the age of 18 became law) to 1 August 2017, the MPS has recorded two incidents. In both incidents, a verbal warning was given and no fine issued.

The Department of Health and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) have advocated a period of education first before the issuing of any Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs)/Traffic Offence Reports (TORs) takes place.  This is echoed in guidance issued by the National Police Chiefs Council.