The Wine and Spirits Trade Association (WSTA) has warned the industry to be prepared for the introduction of the next stage of the mandatory code on alcohol sales. The second stage of the legislation is due to come into force on October 1 and includes laws on age verification and glass sizes. Under the laws licensees must have a process in place to ask anyone who looks under 18 for ID. They must also offer wine in 125ml glasses and spirits in 25ml or 35ml measures. Failure to comply with the mandatory code can result in a fine of up to £20,000 or six months in prison. Jeremy Beadles, the WSTA’s chief executive, said: “It’s vital businesses are aware of these changes and ready to comply when they come into force. “I'd also urge businesses, which want to see mandatory code conditions affecting them overturned, to respond directly to the government's licensing consultation with evidence of the cost imposed on their business.”