The legislation regulating underage sales on goods and services sold on and offline now covers hundred of categories, requiring retailers to be proactive and vigilant in their management of age verification processes. It is normally the case that responsibility for the legal sale of safe restricted goods lies with the vendor, which means that a clear understanding of current law must be supported by reputable age-check systems that are streamlined, easy to use, and customer friendly.
National lottery tickets
Aerosol spray paints
Petrol and Butane
Acid and Bleach
Owning a pet
Selling goods or services to an underage customer can carry serious consequences. The penalties that a retailer may face are set out in the legislation applicable to that product – the maximum penalty is a fine and two years’ imprisonment.
It is important, for a retailer of age-restricted products, to be able to prove that they took all reasonable precautions and exercised due diligence in the age verification process.