Residents in Bolsover are being reminded about new licensing rules for scrap metal dealers which came into force last October.
The legislation means that anybody collecting scrap metal or salvaging motor parts in the two districts must have a licence issued by their local authority.
The new laws are designed to help tackle increasing rates of metal theft across the country, and replace the old ‘registration’ scheme with a new licensing system.
The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 means that traders must be licensed by their local authority. This includes previously unregulated ‘itinerant’ collectors – those who are not based within an area, but who call from house to house to collect unwanted items.
Traders will be required to verify customers’ names and addresses (by using appropriate identity documents) when receiving scrap metal, cash payments for scrap metal will no longer be allowed – traders will be breaking the law if they do so.
Meanwhile, traders will also be required to keep records of customers’ verification documents for three years.
Bolsover District Council enforce the laws in each district, alongside the police.
The authorities have powers to inspect dealers’ records, close unlicensed sites and revoke the licences of dealers who breach the new legislation.
Bolsover District Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, Councillor Dennis Kelly, said: “The new rules mean that those collecting scrap metal or salvaging old vehicles in the two districts are properly licensed and regulated by their local authority, meaning we can make sure only suitable and reputable services operate locally.”
Dealers registered under the old rules were automatically granted a ‘deemed licence’ under the new Act, and had 14-days to apply for a new dealers’ licence before 15 October. If they didn’t apply, then they are no longer legally able to carry on business as a scrap metal dealer.
All previously registered traders in the two districts have been contacted by their local authority.
Coun Nick Foster, NEDDC’s member with responsibility for the environment, added: “We welcomed these new rules and would urge local people who want to dispose of any scrap metal to make sure they understand what they mean for them.
“In particular, people should not accept cash payment for scrap metal. They should also be aware that traders are required to verify the names and addresses of customers now the new rules have come into force.”
For more information about the new legislation contact the licensing team on 01246 217216 or email@example.com