In late November last year, in collaboration with colleagues from Police Scotland, Commission officers visited several alcohol licensed premises in Dundee as part of an educational awareness raising exercise to assess their compliance with the Code of Practice for gaming machines in alcohol licensed premises.
The visits identified that the premises were generally compliant, however in one licensed premises one gaming machine had to be switched off because the new operator of the pub had not advised the Licensing Board of this change in relation to the gaming machine automatic entitlement. In another premises, one gaming machine was temporarily switched off because the operator could not produce their gaming permit. In another premises, there was very low awareness on the part of the duty manager of the requirements of the Code of Practice.
Although the five premises visited were generally compliant in relation to the operation of their machines, there was very low awareness of the wider detail of the Code of Practice. Similar exercises are planned in partnership with Police Scotland and LAs in Scotland over the coming months.