C-store retailers operating within the government's proposed Alcohol Disorder Zones (ADZs) could yet avoid having to pay high police costs.
ADZs were planned by the government following the introduction of 24-hour licensing and form part of the Violent Crime Reduction Act, which is expected to be passed by parliament by the end of the year.
Their aim is to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence and disorder in town and city centres and would involve businesses contributing financially towards the cost of policing an area.
However, the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has been lobbying to limit the financial impact of ADZs on c-store retailers, by urging the use of exemptions and discounts for certain businesses.
ACS public affairs manager Shane Brennan told C-Store: "A badly run on-trade business is much more of a factor than a
c-store for problems occurring at 3am, and we've fought hard to make sure this is thought about when the charges are decided. As it stands, there looks like being some scope for exemptions or discounting."