The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has canvassed its members’ opinions on the Government’s proposed legislative changes on the selling and marketing of knives and corrosive substances.
The responses have now been submitted to bira (British Independent Retailers Association) and LACORS (Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services) in a joint initiative to lobby Government and Home Secretary Amber Rudd.
Under the new proposals, anyone who buys a knife online must collect it in person – either at a store or other physical premises – to prove their identity and age. Retailers would be responsible for checking the age of buyers by asking them to show their ID such as a passport or driving licence.
Currently, it’s illegal to sell a blade of more than three inches (7.62cm) to anyone under 18. But reports have suggested that safety checks that can be circumvented.
Commenting on the member survey, BHETA housewares sector director Will Jones said: “Clearly this is an important issue from many points of view. So it’s vital that we represent collectively the views of suppliers and retailers in this market.”