New research from has revealed that under a third (32%) of Brits would welcome a ban against smoking in cars.


Smoking ban in cars tops European laws British motorists would like to see introduced in the UK.

In a survey of over 2,000 Brits, conducted by YouGov, the used car website investigated which European road laws Britons would like to see implemented in the UK, in which a ban on smoking in both public and private cars took poll position, echoing Cyprus’ ban on smoking in private vehicles carrying under 16s.

Smoking ban in cars tops European laws British motorists would like to see introduced in the UK

This highlights how the smoking ban and stricter advertising rules relating to cigarettes may be having a greater effect on the public consciousness. However, conversely, only 1 in 10 (11%) felt a law was needed that requires you to have a breathalyser with you when using a car or motorcycle, snubbing France’s new law introduced to deter drink drivers.

The findings also show that 10% of Brits would welcome a law in the UK against vehicle horns being used at any time during the evening, echoing Dutch rules that ban the use of horns after dark. This follows the UK Government’s recent introduction of stricter driving laws, such as stricter penalties for those sounding their horn at night, and drivers facing on the spot fines for lane hogging and tail-gating.

However, Brits seemed less concerned with energy efficiency, just over 1 in 10 (11%) said they felt a law preventing stationary vehicles from leaving their engines on was something they’d like to see introduced, as made popular in Belgium.

Astonishingly, some Brits were willing to adopt a selection of more bizarre European laws. 3% commented that they’d like the UK to implement Denmark’s requirement for motorists to check under their cars for sleeping children. A further 2% thought Russia’s law against driving a dirty car should be enforced and an even wackier 1% thought that Britain needs a law against those who decide to wash their car on a Sunday, as applied in Switzerland.

Phill Jones, Commercial Director of commented: “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.

It’s particularly encouraging to see a ban on smoking in cars 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.

The recent implementation of stricter fines in the UK for poor driving highlights the importance of being familiar with the rules of the road and the same applies for motorists heading over to the continent. After all, there is a significant variety of laws across Europe and every country has its own idiosyncrasies. These all have to be abided by or else a penalty will be incurred and that’s the perfect way to spoil a trip abroad.

Stephen Jury


October 28, 2013