The Scrap Metal Dealers’ Act 2013 applies in England and Wales and commenced on 1 October 2013, becoming enforceable from 1 December 2013.
What the new Act involves:
- All site-based and mobile scrap dealers, including motor salvage operators, must obtain a scrap metal dealer’s licence from their local authority in order to continue operating legally.
- Councils will check the sustainability of applicants to operate as a scrap metal dealer which will include checking criminal records.
- The ban of cash payments for scrap metal will be extended to all metal dealers including traditional scrap yards, mobile collectors and motor salvage operators.
- Scrap metal dealers must verify the identity of anyone from whom they buy scrap metal.
- There will be increased penalties including higher fines and sentences for breaking the law.
In order to verify a supplier’s name and address, a scrap metal dealer must see and keep a copy of either;
- a valid Great Britain or Northern Ireland photo-card driving licence which bears the supplier’s full name, photograph and residential address
- a valid United Kingdom or EEA passport or a valid UK biometric immigration document which bears the supplier’s full name, photograph and date of birth
- one of the following supporting documents which bears the supplier’s full name and residential address and has been issued less than three months before receipt of the scrap metal:
- a bank or building society statement
- a credit or debit card statement
- a council tax demand letter or statement
- a utility bill (but not a mobile telephone bill)