Challenge 25 for Scotland
A new condition was added to the Licensing Act (Scotland) 2005 on the first of October 2011 “Challenge 25”
This new condition requires an Age Verification Policy (the Policy) to be in place in relation to the sale of alcohol on the premises. ” Challenge 25″
The Policy requires that steps are taken to establish the age of a person attempting to buy alcohol on the premises (the customer) if it appears to the person selling the alcohol that the customer may be less than 25 years of age (or such older age as the licence holder may wish to set).
The Act provides no guidance as to the wording of any Policy but the licence holder must have a Policy in place.
So what is Challenge 25?
Anyone who appears under the age of 25 should be challenged to prove their age when attempting to purchase alcohol or any other age restricted products
In verifying age, it is reasonable to presume that only the following documents will be satisfactory to comply with the verification policy:-
European Photocard Driving Licence; or
Proof of age card bearing a ‘PASS’ hologram.
We at Personal Licence Scotland.com would advise on the following forms of identification.
UK Driving Licence
UK Provisional Driving Licence
Pass Hologram Identity Card (Young Scott Card) etc
If the above documentation is not produced on request then the Policy cannot be complied with and the sale of alcohol should be refused.
The Policy must be in place on or before Saturday 1 October 2011. A failure to comply with this mandatory condition will be a criminal offence in terms of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 which could result in a fine and/or imprisonment. It could also result in a review of the Premises Licence resulting in suspension or revocation of the Licence.
To help you implement your challenge 25 policy we at PersonalLicence Scotland.com and PLT Limited have designed a “Challenge 25 Poster” for the Scottish retail market.
Download your FREE Scottish “Challenge 25 poster” To implement your challenge policy posters must be displayed in a licensed premises and all staff must be trained to ask for acceptable identification.