29th November 2015

What are London Trading Standards doing to combat underage sales?

  • We offer retailers free advice, information leaflets and point of sale materials
  • Many boroughs offer free accredited training sessions for managers and retail staff
  • We undertake educational work with young people to raise awareness of the law and the health reasoning behind it
  • We offer a Proof of Age London (PAL) card
  • We can prosecute, issue fixed penalty notices, or warn or caution those who make illegal sales
  • We can instigate reviews of alcohol premises licenses resulting in suspension or revocation of licences
  • We can seek voluntary closure of licensed premises for a period of 48 hours to two weeks following two illegal sales in two months
  • We can seek a court order banning certain persons or premises from selling tobacco products where illegal sales have occurred repeatedly
  • We carry out underage test purchasing operations, often in partnership with Police