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Cash for scrap - what’s it got to do with the auto recycler?

The writing's on the wall for cash transactions.
Secretary of State for the Home Department, Theresa May has announced the Government’s intention to get rid of cash trading for scrap metal.

In a written statement she said, “The Government considers that legislation is the only sustainable, long-term solution to the growing menace of metal theft. There is an urgent need to make stealing metal less attractive to criminals, and tackling the stolen metal market will act as a significant deterrent.”

She went on to state the the intention is to create a new criminal offence to prohibit cash payments to purchase scrap metal; and significantly increase the fines for all offences under the existing Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 that regulates the scrap metal recycling industry.

This announcement followed the commitment outlined in the National Infrastructure Plan published in November 2011 when the government announced £5 million to establish a dedicated metal theft task force to enhance law enforcement activity in this area.
So how does it effect the auto dismantler?
ELVs, although classified as waste may well be dragged into this argument. The Motor Vehicle Dismantlers’ Association (MVDA) has not been involved with government discussions on this one but the British Metals Recyclers Association (BMRA) has and we know that the two bodies have been in communication over this issue. MVDA Secretary, Duncan Wemyss told ATF Professional, “Whilst an ELV does not become scrap metal until the dismantler disposes of the vehicle hulk to the metal merchant/shredder operator, we are concerned in case the original purchase of the end of life motor vehicle is caught up in these new Government proposals. This could have a significant effect on the way ATFs operate in the UK. The situation is ongoing and we shall keep members informed as developments happen.”

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