TEENAGERS are to get identity cards in Huddersfield.
A scheme to prevent the illegal sale of age-restricted products, such as alcohol, cigarettes and fireworks, is to be launched throughout Kirklees.
The Proof of Age Partnership is being introduced under a three-year programme being paid for by the Kirklees Community Safety Partnership.
Trading standards officials, working with the police, Kirklees Council, schools and retailers throughout the district, will issue Validate proof of age cards to young people aged between 16 and 18.
The card will bear the person's photo, date of birth and, very importantly, the dates on which they become 16 and 18.
Trading standards officers will also visit retailers of age-restricted products and advise them on their law relating to the sale of such items, aiming to foster a No Card - No Sale culture.
Simon Massey, manager of the Community Safety Partnership, said: "This scheme is a vital element in our crime and disorder reduction strategy.
"The long-term funding demonstrates our commitment to ensuring Kirklees is a safer place to live and work".
Chief Insp Nadeem Butt, of West Yorkshire Police, said the scheme showed the value of a partnership responding to people's concern.
He added: "This excellent scheme has worked successfully elsewhere in West Yorkshire."
Clr Tony Brice, member of the Trading Standards Committee, said:
"Now there are no excuses. All shopkeepers throughout Kirklees will be advised to refuse sales where no proof of age card is shown.
"I am confident it will be as much of a success in Kirklees as it has been in other districts."
The Proof of Age Partnership, piloted in east Leeds and now running throughout Leeds, Calderdale and Wakefield has been an unqualified success.
Retailers say that having schools' participation has increased their confidence that youngsters' dates of birth are correct.