ENA heralds historic victory over cashless regime for scrap metal dealers

For immediate release: Monday 30 April 2012.

Energy Networks Association (ENA) is celebrating the passing into law of a new cashless system for scrap metal dealers. It forms part of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, which is due to come into force when it is given Royal Assent tomorrow.

ENA Chief Executive David Smith said:

“This is a historic victory for ENA. We have campaigned for this over many years and at last we have been listened to. This is a bold and unprecedented step but was made necessary by the plague of thefts we have seen. Every day up to 20 attacks on electricity networks take place.”

“We believe this law change will make a great difference. However, more is needed to ensure the full benefit of a cashless system. The Government must propose a comprehensive overhaul of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act in the Queen’s Speech next week.”


Notes to editors:

ENA, along with companies and organisations such as BT, Network Rail, English Heritage and the War Memorials Trust, has been working together calling for a number of measures, including:

  • A robust licensing scheme for scrap metal dealers to replace the present registration scheme

  • A licence fee to fund the regulation of the licence

  • Greater police powers to close unscrupulous scrap metal dealers in line with alcohol licensing

  • Police authority to search and investigate all premises owned and operated by scrap metal dealers

  • Use of photo identification and CCTV to identify sellers of scrap metal, and their vehicles

  • Vehicle badging for mobile scrap metal dealers

  • Magistrates' powers to add licence restrictions and prevent closed yards from re-opening

ENA represents the ‘wires and pipes’ transmission and distribution network operators for gas and electricity in the UK and Ireland.

For further information please contact:

Tim Field MCIPR,
Press and Public Affairs Executive
Energy Networks Association
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