The Government has confirmed that from 1 October it will become  to smoke in vehicles with anyone under 18 years old.

The Department for Health said the change in the law is being brought in to protect children and young people from the dangers of secondary smoke.

Both the driver and the smoker will liable for a £50 fine, with the law applying 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.

The law applies to any private vehicle that is enclosed wholly or partly by a roof.

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

The law won’t apply to a convertible car with the roof completely down.