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Scotland’s cash ban comes into force

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Scotland introduces its ban for scrap metals including ELVs.

It’s a few years now since the England and Wales saw the demise of cash paid for scrap metals and end of life vehicles. but since September 1st, 2016 Scotland’s scrap merchants and vehicle dismantlers can no longer pay cash and must now verify the identity of the seller.


The new legislation was brought in with a week of action by multiple agencies, including British Transport Police (BTP), Police Scotland and Trading Standards.

The BMRA’s Chief Executive, Robert Fell, said: ““As the trade body for many scrap metal yards in Scotland, the British Metals Recycling Association welcomes the cash ban and the enhanced identification requirements. We stand ready to support our colleagues in local authorities, BTP and Police Scotland as they enforce the Act from 1 September onwards.

“However, we would stress that to be truly effective, on-going enforcement will be crucial and we therefore seek assurance that the Act will continue to be a priority once the initial funding for Operation Scandium ends next year.”

The ban on paying cash for scrap and ELVs has been brought into force across Scotland under ‘The Air Weapon and Licensing Act (Scotland) 2015, with the aim to tackle metal theft and fraud in Scotland. Metal theft in the UK is estimated to cost the economy in excess of £200 million a year.

Scrap merchants and vehicle dismantlers needed to apply for a licence to their local authority by 1 June 2016 to ensure they can trade lawfully after 1 September 2016. The BMRA have put together a very useful guide for those affected that can be viewed here.

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