MERCEDES-BENZ Vans is reminding all motorists that the law about not smoking in a vehicle with children present also applies to vans.
The new legislation makes it illegal to smoke in any vehicle when there are children under the age of 18 present.
This will apply even 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 is a £50 fine, which could be doubled if the perpetrator is both the driver and the smoker.
Steve Bridge, managing director of 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.”