Train companies should keep freedom to sell alcohol on trains

Train companies should keep freedom to sell alcohol on trains

Responding to the news that the British Medical Association’s (BMA) annual conference has voted against calls for a blanket alcohol ban on public transport, a spokesperson for the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) said:

“It’s good news that the BMA has voted against a proposal to have an outright ban of alcohol on trains.

“The BMA is right to want to crack down on irresponsible drinking, but introducing a blanket alcohol ban on trains would be unnecessary and a step too far.

“The vast majority of passengers who choose to drink alcohol do so responsibly. A complete ban would unnecessarily penalise the many for the irresponsible behaviour of the few.

“Operators know how to strike the right balance between allowing passengers to enjoy a drink or two and the need to control irresponsible behaviour that affects other people on trains, where they already restrict alcohol to reduce anti-social behaviour.

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“One of the advantages of train travel is being able to enjoy a glass of wine or beer with a sandwich during a long journey to visit friends and family, or relaxing with a drink after a long day at work.”