The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 came into force on the 1st of October 2013, and R Davies Metals and Sons Ltd fully complies with its requirements. According to recent statistics, metal theft in the UK is estimated to cost the economy up to £777 million annually. It also disrupts energy supplies, transport and telecommunications when cables are stolen.
Other thefts include maintenance hole covers and the desecration of war memorials. It is because of the scale and the nature of metal theft that the new Scrap Dealers Act has been introduced.
In summary, the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 makes the following stipulations:
- Requires individuals and businesses to obtain a scrap metal dealer licence
- Local authorities have the power to turn down unsuitable applicants and revoke licences
- All metal sellers have to provide personal ID at the point of sale, which is then recorded by the scrap metal dealer
- It is now an offence to buy metal with cash from itinerant metal collectors
- There are new powers for the local authority and police to inspect scrap metal dealerships
- Creation of a public register to list all individuals and businesses licensed as scrap metal dealers
- Definition of a scrap metal dealer to include motor salvage operators