Licences and fees to control the waste metal industry as part of its campaign to stamp out metal thefts are being introduced throughout Yorkshire.
It has been said that metal buyers will have to pay up to £400 for a three-year licence to be able to trade from 1 October 2013.
Approval for fees will go to the council’s licensing committee on 16 September and from there to the meeting of the cabinet on 24 September.
It doesn’t all stop there though, as to apply for a licence you are to be checked out, by having a police check to be sure of no criminal record.
Councillor Jackie Cracknell said: “From 1 October those dealing with metals, whether they have a yard or are mobile, must be licensed. The aim is to remove the rewards that make metal theft such a low risk crime for metal thieves and unscrupulous dealers.
“We will be working with the police to make sure we have a more robust, stronger and effective system of licensing the scrap metal industry.
“We will be able to refuse a licence on the grounds that someone is not a proper person to operate as a scrap metal dealer, for example if they have a criminal record. Trading without a licence will be a criminal offence.”
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