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Tuesday, 22 December 2015

UK: New Important Laws That You Should Be Aware Of

From smoking laws to new returns policies, here's what you need to know about the new laws that have been implemented in the UK:

NEW LAW: Smoking with a passenger under the age of 17 in the car is now illegal

THE START of this month was a day when a few interesting laws became a reality and we are going to tell you exactly what they are all about. And how you can prevent being fined for not being aware of them.

Smoking in vehicles with children
This is going to be a difficult one for many smokers, as they can now be fined £50 if they are caught smoking in a vehicle with anyone that is 17 years old or younger. The law will not apply for anyone who is vaping in a vehicle with children and it will also be void if the vehicle happens to be a convertible. In any other case of situation, you will be fined.

Ten minute parking grace period
You will be able to park your vehicle for ten extra minutes in any private parking bay. This means that if you are still parked ten minutes after your ticket expires, it will count as a period of grace and you will be free of a fine. This is definitely a refreshing law that is going to be quite useful for people who get held and end up having to pay a fine for not getting back to their vehicle in time.

Obligatory smoke alarms
If you are a landlord, you will be required to install smoke alarms in the property you plan to rent. If you fail to comply, you will have to pay a £5,000 fine.

This is definitely a great security measure that can save a large number of lives and this is probably the reason why the fine is so steep.

30 day refund policy
This new law is going to allow people to return a faulty item after 30 days have passed. There are many industries that might find this to be harmful for their business, but this is excellent news for consumers. The important thing is to make sure that this kind of law does not get abused.

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