NEW DEADLINE FOR PUBS, CLUBS AND BARS IN WALES
Door supervisors in Wales must act now
From 27 September 2004 it will be a legal requirement for door supervisors working in Wales to hold a Security Industry Authority (SIA) door supervisor licence. All local authority door supervisor registration schemes in Wales will cease to be valid from that date.
Door supervisors in Wales have been able to apply for their new SIA national door supervisors licence since 14 June 2004. SIA licences were originally required by 6 September 2004, but after some applicants in Wales reported a delay in receiving their licence application packs the SIA extended the offence date by three weeks to 27 September.
Andy Drane, Deputy Chief Executive of the SIA, said:
“The public in Wales deserve the high level of service provided by SIA licensed door staff who have undergone an identity and criminal records check and reached set levels of training and professional standards. “Of course, it’s important that door staff in Wales obtain their SIA licences as soon as possible, but when we were alerted to a delay in posting out application packs we acted swiftly and extended the offence date. The SIA is about creating a safer environment for us all when we go to pubs, clubs and bars, we’re not about causing unnecessary disruption to the licensed trade or door security.
“In nine weeks time, after 27 Sept, it will be illegal for unlicensed door staff to work in Wales. Door supervisors, managers and premises licence holders will be strictly liable for any failure to comply with the law.”