A Metal Theft Prevention Bill will be introduced in the House of Commons today, calling for a tougher licensing scheme and more powers for the police and courts to close scrapyards and shut down dealers who do not operate within the law.
The Local Government Association (LGA) has put forward a four-point plan which has called for councils to be given tough new powers to stop the illicit trade.
It wants a ban on cash payments so sellers can be traced, as well as the installation of CCTV with automatic number plate recognition in scrapyards.
Dealers should also be forced to keep a detailed log of people from whom they buy metal and renew their licences.
Wouldn't it be easier if there were just Government run scrap yards with none of this wheeler dealing. Proper yards with only union workers which people could bring scrap to after having obtained a licence in triplicate from a local official. A licence that would be granted after a full examination and on site inspection of the scrap. The yards could operate every other Wednesday afternoon from 1:00 to 2:30 . All vehicles bring scrap would have to be operated on biofuel only and no smoking enforced in their cabs.
I commend this to the house as the only way to get on top of private recycling, it must be stamped out.