YOUNG Scot cards are being widely abused to get round strict laws on underage drinking, trading standards officials have revealed.
There were more than 170 cases of the ID scheme being abused by youngsters trying to get into pubs and clubs in one council area [South Ayrshire].
Underage drinkers tampered with cards, borrowed them from over-18 friends or created fake ones...
A Young Scot National Entitlement Card, backed by the Scottish Government and councils, is issued to every 11-year-old entering secondary school.
Valid until the age of 25, the photocard is widely accepted as proof of age...
Scottish Conservative chief whip John Lamont suggested retailers and licence holders should revert to passports and driving licences.
He said: "It is up to venues and licence holders to be robust in what they accept as proof of age..."