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ID cards proposal of limited benefit in preventing underage sales

The Association of Convenience Stores has urged caution over Government claims that a national ID card will make a significant difference to the challenge of preventing underage sales.

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ID cards proposal of limited benefit in preventing underage sales

The Association of Convenience Stores has urged caution over Government claims that a national ID card will make a significant difference to the challenge of preventing underage sales.

ACS Chief Executive James Lowman said: “Retailers face a tough job preventing underage sales; this is made harder because
there is not a compulsory national ID card that all young people have to carry.

“Mr Johnson's proposals for a voluntary scheme do not address that concern and will bring limited benefit to retailers seeking to prevent underage sales.

“In fact this means adding a further choice to existing options including photo driving licence, passport and credible proof of age cards approved by the Proof of Age Standards Scheme.”

Mr Lowman stressed the need for urgent action in this area by industry: “Retailers are successful in preventing underage sales when they put in place the training and procedures that ensure staff are challenging young people to prove their age. Advice and materials on how to do this are available from ACS.

“Across the trade this is already happening and no retailer should wait for a Government ID card before taking action.”

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