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Cash for Cars latest and have you signed the petition yet?

Cash for Cars comes in on October 1st - are you ready for it?
MVDA sum up the current position and Charles Trent Ltd have launched a petition against the unfair treatment of the vehicle dismantler.

With only a month to go until the ban is in place we would ask you to click this link to add you name to the list. We would also ask you to circulate the link to any other businesses or individuals who may support our cause.

Behind the scenes, the vehicle dismantling trade association, MVDA, has been working hard to get those in power to see reason but common sense arguments are not being listened too. They have taken officials around yards to show them the difference between our industry and scrap metal but all appears to be falling on deaf ears. They simply don’t want to know – it’s too late in the day now to make significant changes and it would make everything much more complicated.

As this has such great implications for all vehicle dismantlers, the MVDA has organised a special seminar on the subject, which will take place in September, and has given us this update of the current position, including the ‘position on 2nd hand cars’.

Government has made it clear that the two main issues are not subject to negotiation:
1. Scrap cars will not be able to be purchased using cash and
2. the sellers ID will need to be recorded.

Apart from this, all other details are still sketchy. Government has given some ground on how 2nd hand cars purchased by vehicle dismantlers are to be treated and MVDA will give more details on this, and all the other issues, at the seminar. But to be clear, this doesn’t fundamentally change what is going to happen.

It is important to remember the cause of this issue: the theft of scrap metal has become an extremely high profile problem, one which has attracted national attention at the very highest levels and which even the powerful scrap metal industry was unable to avoid (where the cash ban has been in place since December 2012). ELVs are a major source of scrap metal and their illegal disposal has been a problem for decades: COD volumes being half what we expect is good justification for a tightening in legislation. But Government appears to be ignoring the fact that vehicles already have a traceable identity, in contrast to scrap metal – the V5 registration document. Better enforcement of the significance of the V5 and COD would go a long way to resolving the problem of missing vehicles. And let’s not forget, it is scrap yards and vehicle dismantlers operating illegally that have been handling these missing cars. For these reasons, MVDA believe that all legal vehicle dismantlers must get registered as soon as possible and allow enforcement activities to focus on illegal operators – especially mobile collectors. As a trade association, MVDA will continue to work with Police, Environment Agency and Local Authorities to highlight illegal operators. And importantly, they continue to lobby DVLA to make the required changes to the registration system.

MVDA are organising a seminar on Wednesday September 18th at the National Motorcycle Museum in the West Midlands which will cover how the changes affect the dismantler and what has to be done to comply. The seminar will also cover various alternatives to cash. The seminar is free for MVDA members and due to the importance of this ban, non members may also book a limited number of places at a charge of £95+VAT per delegate. To find out more, email the MVDA or call them on 01543 254254.

September 2013

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