The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 (Prescribed Relevant Offences and Relevant Enforcement Action) Regulations 2013 came into force on 1st October 2013.
The new law states that scrap metal dealers will now have to undergo Basic criminal record checks in order to trade.
Councils now have the power to issue licences and make it compulsory for dealers to carry this licence when trading. These tighter regulations have been enforced in an attempt to “curb metal theft which is increasingly growing”, according to ACPO.
Dealers will now be asked to provide a Basic Disclosure certificate which details any unspent convictions. Refusal to supply one, or a certificate which disclosures a previous conviction, could lead to the council revoking, or refusing an existing licence.
If you are trading but do not have a licence you may be fined up to £5000. Other conditions include the requirement to renew your licence every three years.
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