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Changes On Cards For Scrap Yard Merchants

Monday October 22 2012

NEW laws will be coming in to force that bans all cash transactions in scrapyards.

The legislative change - as part of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act - makes it illegal for metal recycling yards to deal in cash.

The news has been welcomed by British Transport Police who have been working for the last month on a force-wide crackdown against cable theft from railway lines.

BTP Deputy Chief Constable Paul Crowther said: “The measures introduced will seriously curtail the market for stolen metal as there will now be a clear audit trail back to those bringing commodities into recycling yards – and severe sanctions for those who step out of line."

What do you think? Have your say by commenting in the box below.

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Reply Posted by mick on Monday October 22 2012 at 13:04
it will just make people dump old fridges and washers etc all over the place,..

Reply Posted by Paul on Monday October 22 2012 at 13:16

Reply Posted by karen Smith on Monday October 22 2012 at 13:12
About time. I'm sick of the neighbors Taking every bit of metal off my property.

Reply Posted by betty lloyd on Monday October 22 2012 at 13:20
I think its time u left srap merchants alone thier just tryin 2 make a livin and its gettin very hard this on top of ivironment there and the new rules they keep thinkin up havin 2 suffer for scum stealin my husband does not buy cable
and were not all made of money and the reast i could say

Reply Posted by wayne on Monday October 22 2012 at 19:45
it sounds like another money making racket by this Con-Dem government. You'll get your money for your scrap followed by a demand for the tax on the money received. All this while letting their buddies get away without paying billions in taxes.

Reply Posted by Aunt Hilder on Tuesday October 23 2012 at 06:12
Sounds OK to me. Something has to be done about metal theft from cables to manhole covers. For those who think this is a bad idea, is there an alternative you could suggest?

Reply Posted by michael on Tuesday October 23 2012 at 15:40
does anyone know if you are liable to pay tax on the amount you receive from a scrap yard if you are not in the trade but just getting rid of your personal items ..ie washer , cookers ect ....

Reply Posted by Aunt Hilder on Wednesday October 24 2012 at 20:45
No tax unless you are "trading". So no tax on a one off sale.

Reply Posted by Speedway fan on Saturday October 27 2012 at 17:25
Does anyone know if you will walk away with the cheque, or is it going to be sent direct to your address?

Reply Posted by Speedway fan on Saturday October 27 2012 at 17:37
Sorry forgot to ask, when does this law come into force?

Reply Posted by nigel archer on Sunday October 28 2012 at 10:08
the new law takes effect from 3rd dec 2012 can't happen soon enough sorts the legitimate dealers from the chancers & scroungers.

Reply Posted by darrell haywood on Sunday October 28 2012 at 10:42
yet again another knee jerk reaction by a gouverment,who are hell bent on destroying the lower class society, whilst i am against theft of railway cable and manhole covers and objects stolen from memorials and the like,some people do try to earn a few quid by taking there ally cans and unwanted scrap items to recycling all this will do is lead to more fly tipping

Reply Posted by may on Monday October 29 2012 at 13:12
the only people who are going to suffer by changing the way these guys work are the people who use them,at the moment we are lucky enough to have our scrap removed for nothing,start inccuring extra costs and we will end up having to pay for our scrap removed,im sure they have to collect a hell of a lot of scrap to get a decent wage as it is.leave them alone

Reply Posted by richard thornton on Monday October 29 2012 at 14:43
I welcome the changes!
I work in the laser cutting industry & over the past few years have had thousands of poundsworth of material & laser cut parts stollen.

When the police do try to investigate, none of the scrap yards know anything about it.
About time.

Reply Posted by Rachel on Tuesday June 18 2013 at 18:31
We have had large inspection chamber cover/man hole cover stolen. Does anybody have any ideas where I can get a cheap one to replace it?