An online petition has been set up to outlaw cash deals for scrap metal merchants, which backers believe will drastically cut down the incentive to steal copper pipe and cable
The metal recycling industry has set up an e-petition to get the law changed on cash deals for scrap metal, so that anyone trading in copper, steel and other metals will have to register their name and business details before they can get paid. The backers believe the law change will make it much harder for criminals to sell stolen metal items, such as copper piping and cable, steel and lead. Such theft not only has threatened power lines, railway services and has devastated property, including churces and war memorials, but is a rising problem for the air conditioning and refrigeration industries.
If an e-petition gets 100,000 signatures, the government is committed to debating the proposal in parliament.
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The backers say: “Due to a a significant rise in value, metal has become a much sought after commodity. This increased demand has resulted in a sharp rise in metal theft nationally. Historically the scrap metal trade has been a cash-in-hand industry. This creates difficulties as there is no audit trail, making identification of individuals who may be trading stolen metal or who may be committing tax or benefits fraud, a difficult proposition. An amendment to the Scrap Metal Merchants Act 1964 to prohibit cash transactions would make payment by cheque or directly into a bank account mandatory and would be a significant component in reducing metal theft.”