Young Scot has welcomed the UK Government’s endorsement of the National Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS) and has urged the licensed hospitality sector to support the scheme by accepting PASS cards in their venues.
The Home Office have launched a new campaign to encourage people to leave their passports at home and to rely upon other secure and recognised means of identification, in a bid to tackle passport fraud.
Young Scot is the accredited issuer of PASS in Scotland with all Young Scot cards displaying the PASS hologram allowing young people to use their card as a legal Proof of Age.
PASS Interim Chair (and ALMR Chief Executive) Kate Nicholls said:
“The PASS scheme is a fantastic, industry-driven scheme and it is one which we encourage retailers to support. The card itself is very secure with no successful forgeries to date. It is endorsed by the Home Office and we are encouraging venues to accept the card as the best method of ID. Phone-based apps for identification are proving flawed and insufficient against Home Office criteria, but PASS ticks every box.
“Not only are lost or damaged passports an inconvenience, they are enormously expensive to replace. Half of all lost passports, a considerable number, occur when holders take them to pubs, bars or nightclubs.
“There is an opportunity here for the sector to support its customers and to lead a fundamental change in attitudes regarding acceptable forms of ID. We echo the Home Office’s encouragement of customer to sign up to the scheme and leave their passports at home. This can only happen if there is widespread acceptance of PASS cards as the preferred form of ID across the UK.”
Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot, said:
“The inclusion of the PASS hologram on the Young Scot card is absolutely vital to protecting the rights of young people as they can be safe in the knowledge that their card is a legally accepted Proof of Age document. This campaign is a timely reminder of the importance of the PASS scheme and we will fully support any partners or retailers who have any questions in relation to PASS and the Young Scot card.”
You can find more information on the Young Scot Card and PASS at: http://www.youngscot.net/what-we-do/young-scot-card/