In the UK today, a new law has come into force making it a criminal offence for anyone to smoke in a car where there are minors (under 18 in age) present.
However, one police force has already confirmed enforcing this law will be a low priority matter for them. Add to this the fine is just £50 and the drafting of the law means the person has to be actually caught smoking whilst there is a ‘child’ in the car.
This all adds up to a fairly big fail – as a deterrent – for those determined not to comply.
The FIA has been under constant fire for some time over the ‘track limits’ issue. Fans and many drivers alike want to see the cars remain on the circuit layout designed for the race.
For many, the most recent example of a flagrant abuse of track limits happened during the2015 Belgian GP. Sebastian Vettel in his Ferrari repeatedly left the circuit at Radillon, straightening out the corner – though he did suffer a tyre deflation late in the race which cost him a podium.
Following yesterday’s World Motorsport Council meeting, the headlines are suggesting the FIA will now clamp down on drivers exceeding track limits.
“Sporting Regulations regarding track limits have been clarified and specify that drivers ‘must make every reasonable effort to use the track at all times and may not deliberately leave the track without a justifiable reason’”.
So someone has to now judge intent of the driver?
The seriousness of fouls in soccer used to be judged in this manner, until better definitions of the technical aspect of a serious foul were developed – this removed most of the arbitrary element for referees.
And what about the ‘track limits’ clampdown new punitive measures?
“Penalties will still be allocated based on whether a driver is judged to have gained an advantage.”
So no change from the current regulation.
Just as with double waved yellow flags, in life and in sport, most people base decisions about following regulations based on the seriousness of the penalty for being in breach – together with a risk assessment on the likelihood of someone enforcing a penalty worthy of proper consideration.