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
  • We carry out underage test purchasing operations, often in partnership with Police
  • We can warn, caution or prosecute those who make illegal sales, for alcohol fixed penalty notices can also be issued
  • We can instigate┬áreviews 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 alcohol 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 support the Proof of Age London (PAL) card
  • Some boroughs offer free accredited training sessions for managers and retail staff
  • Some boroughs undertake educational work with young people to raise awareness of the law
  • We've introduced the London Responsible Retailer Agreement for the Safe Storage and Sale of Knives