New laws for scrap metal dealers were top of the agenda when Doncaster MP Rosie Winterton visited a dealer in the heart of town.
On Monday (September 15) she visited CF Booth Ltd, of Wharf Road (pictured), to raise awareness that from October 1 last year a new law now required sellers of scrap to produce photo ID with all dealers having to sign up for a licence.
She said: “The new laws were introduced to help curb the number of metal thefts being committed. They made cash payments for scrap metal illegal and created a new national register of scrap metal dealers.
“Now people wanting to sell scrap metal have to produce ID, such as a photo card driving licence or passport, but unfortunately many people are still unaware of the requirements.”
The legislation has also given police the power to close down illegal traders and suspend or remove licences from those found not to be trading properly.
The campaigning MP added: “There are also new powers for local authorities, including Doncaster Council, to revoke scrap metal trading licences and for the police to take action against unregistered dealers.”
The new rules require people selling scrap metal to produce either a UK photo card driving licence, including address, or a UK passport or original passport of any nationality supported by a current utility bill (not more than three months old) as proof of address.