The UK Gambling Commission has asked pubs in the country to make sure that they are doing enough to prevent underage and minors from betting on fruit machines which come under Category C gaming machines.
The gambling regulator made the call after a study found that about 84 percent of the pubs in the country have failed to stop underage from gambling.
According to the existing regulations, anyone under the age of 18 is not permitted to play these so-called ‘fruit machines’ in pubs. Moreover, it is the responsibility of the staff and pub managers to ensure that minors are not allowed on such gambling machines.
But, in a recent review which includes a 12-month study of such gambling practices, the gambling commission found that the majority of the pubs in the UK did not comply with the rules.
“The pub industry must accelerate action to enforce these rules,” GC program director Helen Rhodes said. “Pubs must take age verification on machines as seriously as they do for alcohol sales, and they risk losing their entitlement to offer machines if they do not.
“The results last year were extremely disappointing and we have supported local authorities in their action to raise standards. This includes working with the providers of training to the pub industry to emphasize the legal requirements in training materials, as well as with the Home Office to work towards including materials on gambling in pubs in the curriculum for the personal license holder course.
“We urge the pub sector to respond to this opportunity to protect children and young people and to prevent the need for local authorities to take enforcement action.”