Bob met with Tom Perry, Student and Charity Manager for CitizenCard, to show his support for the organisation’s ‘No ID, No Sale!’ policy and its adoption in North Dorset by local retailers.
The ‘No ID, No Sale!’ campaign seeks to ensure that only adults can buy lottery tickets, tobacco and other age-restricted goods.
More than two million CitizenCards have been issued across the UK since the scheme was launched by then Home Office Minister George Howarth in February 1999. The Coalition Government has continued the previous government’s policy of supporting the police’s endorsement of CitizenCards and other cards bearing the PASS (Proof of Age Standards Scheme) hologram.
Bob thinks that, following the new government’s decision to abolish National ID cards, schemes such as CitizenCard are essential:
“I already have 1278 CitizenCard cardholders in my North Dorset constituency, but I would encourage all young adults in North Dorset to obtain a CitizenCard or similar ID that contains the police-endorsed PASS hologram.
“Only then can retailers fully implement the ‘No ID, No Sale!’ policy which allows adults to buy whatever they wish whilst ensuring that children cannot buy alcohol, tobacco and other restricted goods.”
The Southern Co-operative said the shop is mindful that they face a fine of up to £10,000 if caught persistently selling restricted products to under-18s:
“We have no wish to supply cigarettes or age-restricted products to children and we offer our younger customers a CitizenCard form, which means they can prove their age. Every week we face dozens of attempts to buy tobacco by young people and if they cannot present valid ID we always refuse the sale.”