Tobacco dealers who miss their registration deadline can now renew their licenses without having to wait for a year, but it comes with a hefty price tag as government introduces a schedule of late registration penalties for dealers.
Changes to the tobacco regulations were gazetted this week creating fees for late registrations.
Health Councilor Roy McTaggart says under the old regime dealers could not trade after missing the deadline. Now they have been given a fair chance.
“You really want to drive compliance and get people to do it and register and reapply within the time period and it is no different from any number of registrations fees you have our there. There are penalties when you are late,” Mr McTaggart says.
With the changes, submissions after the November 1st deadline attract penalties of up to 200% of the registration fee, depending on how late applications are made.