ACS dismisses need for alcohol code

14 October, 2008

The Association of Convenience Stores is the latest body to reject proposals for a mandatory code of practice for drinks retailing. It has called for guidance to be issued to local authorities and enforcement agencies to help them to use the full range o

f powers already available to them.

Current legislation gives enforcement agencies the power to review, suspend or revoke alcohol licences. Retailers can also face fines of up to £10,000 and a 48-hour closure notice if they are found to be repeatedly selling alcohol to children.

ACS chief executive James Lowman said: "The creation of a code would just duplicate existing laws. There is already legislation in place to tackle alcohol retailers who persistently flout the law and sell alcohol to under-18s or to drunks.

"Rather than create further regulation, which will add a further burden onto responsible retailers, local authorities need guidance to use existing legislation to target the small minority of problem premises."

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