New laws to clampdown on scrap metal dealers come into effect
10:18am Monday 7th October 2013 in News
SCRAP metal dealers operating in the Five Valleys will now have to register with Stroud District Council as the Government seeks to clampdown on unscrupulous traders.
Strict new laws have come into effect this month which compel all scrap dealers and motor salvage traders to obtain a licence from their local authority if they are to continue operating legally.
It is hoped the new laws will help tackle the 1,000 metal thefts which occur on average across the UK every week, costing an estimated £220 million a year.
They will apply to both scrap metal sites and door to door collectors and include a ban on paying for scrap metal in cash and a requirement for dealers to verify the identity of the seller.
Under the new laws, it will now become an offence for dealers to make ‘no questions asked’ cash payments, which are known to help metal thieves and rogue dealers.
Councillor Gary Powell, the Labour chairman of Stroud District Council’s licensing committee, said: “Metal theft affects everyone; from the stealing of cables that delay train journeys to the theft of church roofs and war memorial plaques.
“To be licensed to operate in the Stroud district, traders will have to satisfy the council that they are suitable and that they abide by the strict new rules.”
For further information or for help on applying for the new licences, email Stroud District Council’s licensing team at email@example.com or call 01453 754404.
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