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Smoking ban in cars with children from tomorrow

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From tomorrow, smoking in cars with children will be banned.The law is changing to protect under 18-year-olds from the dangers of secondhand smoke.

Both the driver and the smoker could be fined £50. The law applies to every driver in England and Wales including those aged 17 and those with a provisional driving licence. The law does not apply if the driver is 17 years old and is on their own in the car.

Public Health Minister Jane Ellison said:

Three million children are exposed to secondhand smoke in cars, putting their health at risk. We know that many of them feel embarrassed or frightened to ask adults to stop smoking which is why the regulations are an important step in protecting children from the harms of secondhand smoke.

– Jane Ellison MP, Public Health Minister


South East pothole claims among highest in country

Drivers claiming compensation for pothole damage Credit: ITV Meridian

Drivers in Kent, East Sussex and Essex are making more claims for pothole damage to their cars than motorists in many other parts of the country.

But new research from the RAC Foundation shows these councils settle fewer claims than most other authorities.

In Essex, just 5% of drivers received compensation, in Kent it was 8% and in East Sussex, 15% of drivers who made a claim received a pay-out.

Abigail Bracken reports from Hawkhurst.

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