Licensing boards have pledged not to enforce new legislation under the Licensing
(Scotland) Act 2005 until November 1 in the face of extensive delays in processing personal licences.
But the WSTA – which has learned that some authorities are physically unable to
print the new personal licences ahead of the original September 1 deadline – has
warned that different licensing boards may interpret the new rules differently.
Last week Edinburgh hit headlines when it was reported that licensing chiefs
planned to introduce a citywide ban on off-trade promotions. But the board has since reassured the WSTA that it will not proactively ban discounts, but instead deal with promotions that raise complaints.