Smokefree in Cars

The rules around smoking in cars differ on whether the vehicle is deemed ‘smoke free’ or not.

A vehicle is smoke-free if it is use:

  • by members of the public or a section of the public (whether or not for reward or hire); or
  • if it is used in the course of paid or voluntary work by more than one person (even if those persons use the vehicle at different times, or only intermittently)

A private vehicle is not normally deemed smoke free. 
However, in 2015 the rules were amended making a private vehicle smoke free if:

  • it is enclosed;
  • there is more than one person present in the vehicle, and  
  • a person under the age of 18 is present in the vehicle

More information can be found on the GOV.UK website, and the relevant legislation can be accessed here: