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Scrap Metal Laws Come into Force

Published Thursday, 24 October 2013

Scrap metal dealers operating in Ribble Valley without a licence face fines of up to £5,000 under new laws designed to stamp out metal theft.

Scrap metal dealers need to apply for a licence to operate under new rules that came into effect on 1 October 2013.

The new Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 gives local authorities and the police powers to inspect premises where they suspect illegal activity.

And magistrates will be able to fine unlicensed operators up to £5,000.

As well as having the power to issue licences, councils will be able to refuse or revoke licences if a dealer is deemed unsuitable.

Metal theft costs the UK economy around £220 million a year and has a huge impact on communities, from disrupted rail services to desecrated war memorials and damaged church roofs.

The new law requires scrap metal dealers to verify the name and address of sellers at the point of sale, and record and retain their details.

It applies to all scrap metal dealers, including mobile collectors operating door-to-door.

Licenses will have be prominently displayed in vehicles and buildings, and householders are asked to check that dealers are operating legally. In time, there will be a single national public register of all scrap metal dealers.

The new scrap metal licences will last for three years and cost £200 for a mobile scrap metal collector or £277 for a scrap metal site.

More information and to apply for a scrap metal dealer licence see Scrap Metal Dealers' Act 2013.

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