Drivers back in-car smoking ban

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Drivers back in-car smoking ban

A third of drivers would back a ban on smoking in cars, according to research conducted by Motors.co.uk.

The classifieds website surveyed over 2,000 motorists in the wake of Government proposals to introduce on-the-spot fines for careless driving to find out what other road rules they would like to see implemented.

A ban on smoking in cars – something which many see as a natural extension of the public building smoking ban introduced in 2007 and the more recent restrictions on tobacco advertising – was supported by 32 per cent of those surveyed, making it the legislation that is already in force on the continent, which British drivers would most like to see introduced here.

Phill Jones, Commercial Director of Motors.co.uk, said: "It's particularly encouraging to see a ban on smoking rate so highly with the public. A potentially life-threatening habit that can cause involuntary harm to passengers forced to breathe in second-hand smoke and distract drivers whose priorities should be to concentrate on the road."

While such support is perhaps unsurprising, given the health and safety benefits such legislation would potentially bring, conversely motorists were not in favour of a change in the law to deter drink driving, with only 11 per cent backing the introduction of a French law requiring drivers to carry a breathalyser kit in their car as standard.

Indeed, it seems anti-social use of a car's horn is of equally pressing concern, with 10 per cent of respondents saying they'd like to see the UK follow the Dutch example of banning their use after dark.

Given the increasingly fierce competition for our limited road space, it is only natural that parking is of concern to the UK's drivers. Russian legislation which sees illegally parked cars have their number plates confiscated struck a particular chord, with nearly a sixth of motorists (15 per cent) stating that it would improve parking standards – making it the second most popular European driving law that isn't currently in force here.

However, there are some more controversial pieces of legislation, which, while amusing, would be deeply unpopular with Brits. Switzerland's ban on washing cars on a Sunday and Denmark's rule requiring that drivers check under their car for sleeping children, proved particularly unpopular, receiving the support of one and three per cent of drivers respectively.

"There are some conflicting views here in terms of what motoring laws should take priority over others, with some people opting for more unusual changes than others, but what is clear is that the British public is open to improvements to road laws in the UK," commented Mr Jones.