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Aug
29
1 in 8 applications fail to PASS
Posted by CitizenCard on 29 August 2013 11:03 AM
CitizenCard, the leading PASS card issuing company, has released new data showing that 13% of applicants fail to qualify for a card because of errors  in their application. Most of these are a result of honest mistakes but about 3% of card applications are rejected because fraud is suspected.

Andrew Chevis, Citizencard Chief Executive said “Over the past year 13% of applications for a PASS card have been rejected.  Often people have just been careless and failed to follow basic requirements.  Common mistakes are failing to sign the card; submitting a photograph that does not meet PASS requirements or applications verified by someone who is not eligible.” 

 “We do receive a small, but significant, number of fraudulent applications.  People naively think that we will take their submission on trust but we check everything.  Dates ...
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Aug
1
Clampdown on shop sales
Posted by CitizenCard on 01 August 2013 03:59 PM

Trading Standards officers have issued a warning to shopkeepers after snaring two stores selling fireworks and cigarettes to under-age children.  Eddies Corner Shop, of Felpham Road, Felpham and Homefare of Chichester Road, Bognor Regis, were both cautioned following a joint Sussex Police and West Sussex Trading Standards operation.

Homefare was also found to be storing fireworks unsafely. Officers are now promising to take action against any store selling products to children.

Lionel Barnard, county council Cabinet member for residents' services, said that the cautions sent out a "strong message".

He added "They risk their alcohol licence if they sell age-restricted products to children. Businesses need to ensure staff check people."

Anyone with information about shops illegally selling products should call 0845 404 0506

Published on 25.07.13, The Argus

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Apr
23
Top police endorsement for PASS cards
Posted by CitizenCard on 23 April 2013 10:18 AM

 

 

The Chief Constable of Northampton Police, Adrian Lee, has joined the PASS Board as an observer.  Adrian is also the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) lead on Alcohol Licensing and Harm Reduction.  Adrian said:

“Preventing underage sales is a top priority in reducing alcohol harm.  Enormous strides have been made with the police and trading standards working to drive up standards.  But there is still more to do.  We will only ever completely eliminate underage sales if retailers can have total confidence that any proof of age is valid.  I am delighted to be able to provide a police perspective in addressing this very important issue and to be lending my support to what is an important and well-established agency partnership.”

CitizenCard Chief Executive Andrew Chevis welcomed the Chief...
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Apr
15
Wirral youngsters urged to sign up for 'CitizenCard'
Posted by CitizenCard on 15 April 2013 11:14 AM
The Wirral CitizenCard

WIRRAL youngsters are being encouraged to sign up for a nationally-recognised proof-of-age card.

The Wirral CitizenCard gives teenagers easier access to a range of products and services their age legally entitles them to.

It is aimed at the under 18s and as young as 12. Card holders can take advantage of a range of benefits including discounts at hundreds of online and high street retailers, 40% off Alton Towers and Thorpe Park and up to 17% off at the Apple Store.

With its distinctive PASS - Proof of Age Standards Scheme - logo, the card is designed to combat confusion over fake ID and novelty cards and should be recognized by a range of businesses.

In other parts of the country, people have to pay £15 for their CitizenCard, but in Wirral they are being offered at a reduced...
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Apr
15
Praised for not selling cigs to underage teen
Posted by CitizenCard on 15 April 2013 09:21 AM

Fourteen retailers have been praised for refusing to sell cigarettes to an underage teenager.

A 15-year-old, working with the county council's Trading Standards team, took part in a test purchasing exercise in a bid to stamp out underage sales.

They visited 14 different retailers and at each one the sales assistant refused to sell any tobacco products to the 15 year-old as the minimum age is 18.

Angela Jones, the council's Trading Standards service manager, said that she was pleased that retailers were "vigilant" and refused to make a sale.  "Trading Standards will continue to work with partners throughout the year to tackle the issue of young people accessing restricted products such as alcohol and tobacco," she added.

"Our approach is not aimed at just taking action against retailers where a sale is made, but also at educating and helping them when selling age-restricted products.  Our advice to off-licences, supermarkets, pubs or restaurants ...
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Apr
8
Underage tobacco sales: shops get final warning
Posted by CitizenCard on 08 April 2013 10:05 AM
Final warnings have been given to Aberdeen retailers found to be selling tobacco to underage customers.  Routine test purchases were made at 15 shops across the city earlier this year using 16-year-old volunteers.  Seven of the retailers targeted in the operation sold cigarettes to the teenagers.

Two of the sales were to a volunteer wearing a school uniform when he visited national shop chains which were claiming to operate a Challenge 25 policy.

Letters from Trading Standards officers have now been sent to the retailers involved in the sale of tobacco products to people under the age of 18.  They warn that any future sales could result in the issue being reported to the procurator fiscal for consideration of a prosecution.  Alternatively Aberdeen City Council could issue a fixed penalty notice for £200.

Aberdeen City Council Trading Standards team leader Graeme Paton said: "We ...
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