New rules to help stop metal theft

South Yorkshire Police have launched Operation Tornado to impact Metal Thieves and better regulate the scrap metal industry.
South Yorkshire Police have launched Operation Tornado to impact Metal Thieves and better regulate the scrap metal industry.

A new licensing system for scrap metal dealers has come into force as part of a bid to tackle increasing rates of metal theft.

From October 1, anybody collecting scrap metal or salvaging motor parts in Bolsover and North East Derbyshire districts must have a licence issued by their local authority.

The laws, which replace the old registration scheme, give the councils, along with the police, the 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, Cllr Dennis Kelly, said: “The new rules will 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.”

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 means that traders will be required to verify customers’ names and addresses when receiving scrap metal and cash payments will become illegal. Traders will also be required to keep records of customers’ verification documents for three years.

For more information about the new legislation contact the licensing team on (01246) 217216.