B.O.A.T.T agrees industry needs to be regulated

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B.O.A.T.T agrees industry needs to be regulated

The Barkeepers and Operators Association of Trinidad and Tobago agrees its industry needs to be controlled and regulated with respect to both Gaming and Alcohol.

It says individuals and businesses operating within the industry must be held accountable and responsible.

In a media release B.O.A.T.T says this can only be achieved by proper consultation, unbiased equitable legislation and impartial monitoring, all of which are severely lacking under the present system.

BOATT says it has made recommendations and given perspectives to the relevant line minister as it pertains to this bill and the gaming segment of bars.

It says these, once accepted will allow for restaurants and bars to keep their present business structure and be equally competitive.

Commenting on the Gaming and Betting Bill recently laid in the Senate, B.O.A.T.T. say this new bill seeks to remove roulette devices and multiple player linked gaming machines from our establishments.

The group says it disagree with this clause as these devices have been an integral part of the bar business and the removal of such would have a negative impact on both customers and owners.

It says another point of concern is the addition of several NEW licences and permits which would now be required to operate, this would entail a single business owner having to apply for several different licences all of which is unclear and needs further clarification.