Over a third of Falkirk’s licensed trade workers who are due to renew their training are facing a grim Christmas after having their licences revoked.
A total of 237 people in the trade failed to submit proof they had undertaken a mandatory refresher course before the December 1 deadline.
Now, those who have had their licences revoked face the consequences at the busiest time of the year and will not be allowed to re-apply for five years.
Councillor Malcolm Nicol, convener of Falkirk Council’s licensing board said: “Of the 237, some may have left the trade or some just couldn’t be bothered.
“But for the people today who have had their licences revoked, they may only now be coming to realise the consequences of their actions which will affect their future prospects in the licensed trade.
“But the law is the law.”
The Licensing Scotland Act (2005) requires all personal licence holders to undertake training every five years and produce evidence to the licensing authority within three months of their expiry date.
Of the 650 personal licence holders whose licences are due to expire on August 31, 2019, 237 - or 36 per cent - either didn’t do the refresher course or failed to submit their certificate.
During Wednesday’s licensing board, Mr Nicol said: “I hope this first tranche of people who have lost their licences will send a message to subsequent personal licence holders.”
Alison Barr, the council’s consumer protection manager, said: “If someone has their personal licence revoked, it does not stop them working in the licensed trade. They can serve alcohol as long as they pass the mandatory two-hour training and a designated premises licence holder is present.”