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New rules for scrap metal dealers

New rules have been put in place to help prevent metal theft.

Scrap metal dealers and motor salvagers that operate in the town must now hold a licence issued by their local authority.

As well as having the power to issue licences, the councils can now refuse or revoke them if a dealer is deemed unsuitable. Councils also have new powers to inspect premises where illegal activity is suspected.

The Scrap Metal Act 2013 means that:

  • A scrap metal dealer must hold a licence from each local authority in each area that they wish to operate in

  • A scrap metal dealer must only pay for scrap by cheque or bank transfer. Cash payments are no longer allowed with �5,000 fines for anyone breaking the law.

  • A scrap metal dealer must record details of customers including; vehicle registration, full name and address

  • A scrap metal dealer must hold details of customers for three years.
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