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Police getting heavy handed

cash and elvs
ELVs don't come under the scrap metal dealers act and should be treated totally differently from scrap metal transactions. Unfortuntaley, we have heard reports of Police taking on a 'Big Brother' role with dismantlers.
Cash for scrap is not due to come into force until December 3rd, 2012 and, at that date won’t include end of life vehicles as they are not part of the scrap metal dealers act. Unfortunately, in the meantime we have heard reports of police forces taking it on themselves to bully individual businesses.

What’s happening is that police are going into companies and telling them they must get copies of driving licences, utility bills. passports, etc of any one being paid in cash. There is no legal requirement for this but operators have been left in no doubt that they better comply!

It is very hard to see the reasoning behind this. I can see the argument that the police want traceability but if someone brings a vehicle in, then what is the gain? We already have the documentation for the vehicle and if someone has to start messing around getting copies of this and copies of that, then the chances are they will just take the vehicle somewhere where they don’t have to.

This police initiative appears to be a national roll out of a voluntary, trial operation they carried out in the North West with scrap merchants. The trouble is, they don’t appreciate that a vehicle dismantler is not the same as a scrap merchant. The MVDA has had no approach from the police and so they don’t understand that cash sales in a scrap yard are not the same as a dismantler buying an ELV from someone’s house for example. Vehicle theft is not an issue here and it’s hard to see that this action will do anything to encourage the legitimate ATF and everything to encourage the public taking their vehicles to the shadier end of the trade.

On the cash for scrap issue, the Motor Vehicle Dismantlers’ Association tell us that the ban comes into force on December 3rd for businesses operating under the scrap metal dealers act. They also tell us there will be a consultation period to look at how to expand the ban to include ELVs. MVDA have already made contact with the officials involved and will be working hard over the next year to makes sure that ATF’s get a sensible outcome.

These are tough times for the trade body, currently fighting for sensible legislation and implementation on a number fronts. If you aren’t already a member, then your support is needed if we are going to ensure we have viable operations in the future. Membership is only £500 per year and that’s a heck of an insurance policy for a tenner a week! You can contact the MVDA by email or call them on 01543 254254.

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