Can I be fined for smoking while driving? | The Sun

YOU can be fined for several actions while driving and one of them is smoking.

It can be considered as a distraction and proven dangerous, so here is what you need to know about smoking while driving.

Can I get fined for smoking while driving?

While smoking itself is not illegal, drivers may be charged with a £100  fine of careless driving if the police think they were not in proper control of the vehicle.

It is illegal to smoke in a car with anyone under the age of 18.

The law changed in October 2015, in order to protect children and young people from secondhand smoking.

If caught you will be handed a £50 fine.

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The law does not apply to e-cigarettes users or 17-year-old drivers who are alone in the car.

It also does not apply to drivers of a convertible car with the roof completely down.

It still applies if you have windows or a sunroof open, if you have the air conditioning on or if you sit in the open doorway of the vehicle. 

There are a number of activities that are considered a distraction while driving such as tuning a radio or trying to read maps.

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Are passengers allowed to smoke in the car?

The same rule applies to passengers of the vehicle.

It is not illegal to smoke in a car or any other vehicle as long as there are not any young people under the age of 18.

Both the driver and the smoker could be fined £50.

Can I smoke when the car is not moving?

You can smoke in your vehicle when not on the road but again you need to make sure there is no one under 18 in the car with you.

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