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Cash for Scrap ban from December 3rd

Cash ban for scrap metal
The ban of cash for scrap comes in on December 3rd, 2012 but at this stage does not include ELVs.
There has been much confusion amongst readers when it comes to the cash for scrap ban and buying end of life vehicles. MVDA recently circulated members with full details as to what the ban means and what you should be doing.


The advice indicates that the ban for scrap metal begins on December 3rd, 2012 but it does not apply to end of life vehicles at this stage. MVDA tell us that the Home Office has informed them that ELVs will be included and that this should be expected sometime within the next 12 months.

We can’t reproduce the document here unfortunately as the advice was issued to members only, but in light of the police’s Operation Tornado (see previous article for details), they are advising members to co-operate and be vigilant with their record keeping.

Operation Tornado does not technically effect those dealing with end of life vehicles but as we are all aware, the police lump us all together and generally don’t appear to have the greatest opinion of the industry. That accepted, it is a brave man who will tell them that their operation doesn’t include ELVs and that they will not co-opperate. After all,life has enough other problems without upsetting the police.

An interesting question was asked by a reader a few days back. “If I advertise for scrap cars for cash in the local paper will I be breaking the law”? the answer is no, as you are advertising for ELVs ( and that’s what scrap cars are) and as you come under the Motor Salvage Operators Regulations and not the Scrap Metal Dealers Act, the law does not apply. Bear in mind though, they are changing the laws so that it will apply sometime within the next 12 months. f you are also registered under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act then the law does apply for all scrap metal transactions.

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