Gambling Commission issues fairground fruit machine reminder

27/03/2013

The Gambling Commission has issued a reminder on the rules for buying, maintaining and operating fruit machines at fairgrounds ahead of the start of the traditional summer season.

Fairground operators are being reminded that a quick guide on the rules for can be downloaded from www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/fairs or ordered for free by calling (0121) 230 6666.  The Commission has also reminded local licensing authorities, who run compliance checks of fairgrounds, of the law.

Low-stake fruit machines can be made available at fairgrounds along with coin pushers, cranes and grabbers. Higher stake fruit machines, like those typically played in arcades and pubs, are not permitted. Fairground operators must source their machines from a Gambling Commission licensed supplier and employees working with gaming machines must be at least 18 years old.

The Commission’s Head of Regional Enforcement and Compliance, Mike Williams said:

“The Gambling Commission’s quick guide sets out the do’s and don’ts for fairground operators offering gaming machines.It makes sense to check out the rules and make sure you are legal by visitingwww.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/fairs.”

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