The Russian government is going to add a driver’s license in the document list, allowing to establish age of the buyer of alcohol, according to the newspaper “Kommersant” , citing a copy of the letter of the Ministry addressed to one of the retailers.

This measure supports the retailers who currently are forced to reject about 1% of transactions with alcohol due to the lack of a passport from the buyer.

A draft government resolution was prepared by the Ministry of industry and trade. The norm will be effective from 31 March 2017. Of the impending changes to know the representatives of the two retail chains and the head of the Association of retail companies (akort) Ilya Lomakin-Rumyantsev.

According to one of the retailers, a reason to expand the list of documents the presentation of which gives the right to purchase alcohol became legal conflict – the same list of documents for the purchase of cigarettes and other tobacco products already includes a driver’s license.

Now buy alcohol abroad, diplomatic or service passport, a temporary identity card, seaman’s passport or foreign national, military card, residence permit or temporary residence permit in the Russian Federation, the refugee certificate or the certificate of temporary asylum in Russia.

For selling alcohol to minors, acts to a fine of 30-50 thousand RUB for individuals, 100-200 thousand rubles for officials and 300-500 thousand rubles for legal entities. Repeated violation threatens with criminal prosecution.

The experts welcome the initiative to include the rights in the list of documents, noting that they contained all necessary to determine the age of information, people often have them to yourself, than a passport.

The government will be allowed to buy alcohol upon presentation of a driver’s license, found the press 29.11.2016

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