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No fines issued for smoking in cars with children
Police are choosing not to enforce a new law protecting children from people smoking in cars, figures suggest.
Legislation introduced in October 2015 makes it illegal to smoke in a vehicle carrying someone who is under 18. Any driver or passenger who smokes is liable for a £50 fine if a passenger under 18 is in vehicle with them.
According to Freedom of Information responses from 42 English and Welsh forces, no fines have been issued since the law came into force.
Anti-smoking campaigner Deborah Arnott of Action on Smoking and Health said: “This is a social law. We are never going to see the police putting a large amount of effort into it.
“But by having the legislation and penalties we send a strong message to people that this is no longer acceptable.”
UK shares and pound continue to recover
UK shares and the pound have continued to regain some of the ground lost in the wake of the Brexit vote.
After rising 2.6% on Tuesday, the FTSE 100 share index was up 2.1% at 6,271.48 by mid-morning. The pound rose 0.3% against the dollar to $1.3383, although sterling still remains well below levels reached before the referendum.
Analysts also warned that the rally of the past couple of days might be short-lived.
Toyota recalls 1.4 million cars over faulty airbags
Japanese carmaker Toyota says it will recall 1.43 million Prius and Lexus models from 2008 to 2012 worldwide over faulty airbags.
The recall includes some 495,000 cars sold in North America, 743,000 in Japan as well as vehicles in Europe, China and other regions.
In a statement relating to the US recall, the carmaker said the airbag could partially inflate and parts of the inflator could enter the vehicle interior, leading to “an increased risk of injury”.
Carmakers fear being left in the slow lane
The UK automotive industry needs “unrestricted and reciprocal access” to the European single market or risk being relegated to the second division of global carmaking, the leader of the British motor industry has warned. Speaking at an international summit of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, its chief executive, Mike Hawes, warned the livelihoods of more than 800,000 workers directly employed in the UK across the automotive sector are at risk unless the government agrees a positive tariff-free, freedom of movement post-Brexit settlement with the European Union.
Don’t rush into cutting jobs, urges Javid
Sajid Javid pledged to bolster Britain’s team of trade negotiators yesterday as the business secretary urged employers not to cut jobs because of the vote to leave the European Union.
Mr Javid said that the process of drafting in more officials had already begun and he argued that the country could “take advantage” of Brexit once they had been recruited. At hastily arranged talks with some of the country’s largest businesses, Mr Javid told senior executives that now was “not the time for hasty decisions that will be regretted later”.
British retail sales slowed in run-up to EU referendum, says CBI
British retail sales slowed in the run-up to the EU referendum, an industry survey conducted between 26 May and 14 June has shown.
A balance of UK retailers saying sales rose minus those who reported falling sales fell to 4% in June, down from 7% in May, according to the Confederation of British Industry’s latest snapshot of the retail sector.
Retailers were expecting sales to improve in July, with the balance improving to -10% from -5% in June, while orders were expected to continue falling. Orders placed on suppliers fell in June, albeit at a slower pace than in the previous month.
UK ministers to approve world-leading carbon emissions target
Ministers will this week approve a world-leading carbon emissions reduction target for the early 2030s, the Guardian understands.
Fears had been raised by green groups and industry that the EU referendum would cause the UK government to miss a deadline on Thursday for accepting carbon targets from its statutory climate advisers. But a Whitehall source has confirmed that the so-called fifth carbon budget – put forward by the Committee on Climate Change last November – will be agreed before the month is out, as legally required by the Climate Change Act.
The move commits the UK to a 57% cut in emissions by 2032, on 1990 levels. Although a tougher target than the EU one of a 40% emissions cut by 2030, environmentalists in January said they were disappointed that the committee had not made the target more ambitious after last December’s Paris climate deal.