The Scrap Metal Dealers Act has received royal assent as of last week and will come into implementation from October 2013
The new law means that dealing in cash for scrap metal, operating without a license or breaching the license conditions could now result in heavy penalties.
Magistrates are now able to impose unlimited fines on offenders. The bill also means that:
- an enhanced application process for scrap dealers is to come into force
- anyone selling scrap metal to a dealer must provide identification at the point of sale, which will then be recorded and retained by the dealer
- police will be able to close unlicensed premises through the courts
- a single national publicly-available register of all scrap metal dealers will be established
- in an attempt to close loopholes, motor salvage operators will be brought under the banner of scrap metal dealers, whilst “itinerant” dealers will no longer be able to deal in cash
- compulsory vehicle and site badging will also come into effect.
BMRA director general Ian Hetherington – “We now have six months… to make sure that everyone has the tools in place to follow and enforce the new rules as quickly as possible”
Commenting on the news, BMRA director general Ian Hetherington said: “The Scrap Metal Dealers’ Act receiving royal assent is a milestone in bringing licensing up to date and in tackling metal theft.
“The implementation of the new Act in October will eradicate some of the issues brought about by the introduction of the LASPO Act late last year and will help to close down traders who operate on the wrong side of the law.
“We now have six months in which to work with local authorities, the Environment Agency, the police and members to make sure that everyone has the tools in place to follow and enforce the new rules as quickly as possible.”