Frequently Asked Questions: Licences and street trading
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Licences and street trading FAQs
In the context of premises selling alcohol under the old licensing regime, research showed that crime and disorder was worst at 'chucking out time' when, following a race to drink in excess just prior to last orders, everyone was forced out of pubs and clubs at the same time. This produced conflict and heavy pressure on police resources to keep control. The Government believes that flexible opening hours will mean a more dispersed departure of drinkers during the night, thereby reducing this problem and making life more manageable for the police and local residents. The Act also gives local communities a voice in licensing applications and provides a more effective range of remedies which can be taken against badly run premises.