Only two drivers in London have been warned about smoking in cars with children since a ban was introduced nearly a year ago, it emerged today.
Figures from the Met police show that the force has stopped two motorists caught smoking with children in a car since the law came in on October 1 — and neither was issued with a penalty.
And I bet they were actually stopped for other offences and this one was just ‘tacked on’…
…London Assembly Conservative member Steve O’Connell, who obtained the figures, said they showed the ban was unenforceable.
Well, not really. Nothing’s unenforceable, if there’s the resources and the will to enforce it.
But it seems that there’s neither in this case.
When the law came in the National Police Chiefs’ Council said forces should take an “educational, advisory and non-confrontational approach.”
A Met spokesman said it has been following this advice.
It’s not like they don’t have all the stabbings and shootings to worry about, after all…