Licensees across the district have undergone training in laws surrounding the correct selling of alcohol.
A course was held in Lancaster last week by Knight Training, who have received funding from SABMiller, the second biggest brewer in the world, via the BIIAB (British Institute Awarding Body), which has allowed them to deliver free training to bar staff locally and throughout Lancashire.
The law now allows an unlimited fine and or up to six months in prison for any unauthorised licensable activity.
If your local is caught twice in a three month period selling alcohol to anyone under the age of 18, they can be prosecuted for “persistently selling to underage people” and this can lead to closure, fines or special conditions being placed on the licence.
Every Christmas around the country, the licensing authorities will carry out “Test Purchases” – when a young person, usually aged around 16, is sent into licensed premises to try to purchase alcohol from a staff member.
If they sell any alcoholic drink, the person who sold the alcohol can receive a £90 on the spot fine and the licensee can be prosecuted; if it’s the second time an employee has been caught the licensed premises could be shut down for a period of time.
This is why a mandatory law to have an “Age Verification Policy” is in place, to challenge anyone who appears to be under the age of either 21 or 25, which means that they have to prove they are 18 or over.