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Fairground operators are being reminded that they must follow the rules for buying, maintaining and operating gaming machines. 

The reminder comes as the forthcoming Easter break signals the start of the traditional summer season for fairground operators and subsequent compliance checks conducted by local licensing authorities. 

Low-stake (category D) fruit machines can be made available at fairgrounds along with coin pushers and crane grab machines, but higher stake gaming machines (category B and C), like those typically played in arcades and pubs, are not permitted. Fairground operators must source all their machines from Gambling Commission licensed suppliers, and all employees working with gaming machines must be at least 18 years old.  

An easy to print quick guide to the rules for fairgrounds is available on the Commission’s website or ordered for free by calling 0121 230 6666. The website also includes the details of those stakes and prizes for category D machines.

Richard Watson, Gambling Commission programme director of Enforcement and Intelligence, said: “Our quick guide clearly sets out what types of gaming machine are allowed and who can work with them. It’s effectively the do's and don’ts for fairground operators offering gaming machines. 

“We would suggest fairground operators look at the leaflet and our website to make sure they are operating legally.” 

Notes to editors 

  1. More information about how we regulate the gambling industry.
  2. Useful statistics on the gambling industry
  3. More information on prevention of money-laundering.

Journalists can contact our press office on 0121 230 6700 or email: communications@gamblingcommission.gov.uk

Posted on 17 March 2016