1. Correct their websites, and stop misleading the public
2. Identify which of their collectors are to be licensed and who should be removed from their licensing.
3. Ensure that all their staff understand their roles under the Scrap metal Dealers Act 2013, courses are still being run by the Scrap metal dealers Association but they are no longer subsidised by the NMA.
Collectors are to
1. Decide if they collect by means of door to door collections [ like the old rag and bone man, going house to house without an appointment] or collect by other means like facebook, newspaper ads, gumtree, whereby the customer books an appointment with you. IF you go door to door you need to be licensed with the local authority, if you do not then you do not need to be licensed under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013
2. The National Metal Agency will be registering all collectors that do NOT go door to door. The fee is a standard annual £120. You do not need a police check. You can trade anywhere in the country. The Scrap MEtal Dealers Association will
- monitoring all local authority websites
- Helping any of their members that finds their Human rights have been abused, and who have been tricked causing a financial loss to themselves by an abuse of power.
- Starting a watchdog of licensing to check that the public are being given the correct information that the law dictates.
It should be pointed out that there are compliant councils like Cambridge, Watford, Dacorum and Rugby and many more that have been following the word ofthe law correctly.
These changes only apply to the councils that have been abusing collectors of scrap metal.
If you are a collector and are confused or require help contact the Scrap Metal Dealers Association for free advice 07513225127 ( 9am -5pm)
20 -2- 20 Ignorance of the law is no excuse.