East Staffordshire Borough Council has prosecuted a scrap metal dealer found working without a licence and using amplified sound to advertise a business.
On Sunday 6th July 2014, two council officers on patrol in the Stafford Street area of Burton witnessed a pick up vehicle loaded with scrap metal and using amplified sound. When questioned, the driver was not able to produce a Mobile Scrap Metal Collectors Licence, issued under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013.
The driver, Mr Isaac Hall of Walsall, was later interviewed under caution by Enforcement Officers, and given the opportunity to explain why he was working without having a licence issued by East Staffordshire Borough Council.
Mr Hall was prosecuted at Stafford Magistrates Court on the 28th January 2015 where the Magistrates gave credit for his early guilty plea but fined him £265 for the offence of carrying on as a scrap metal dealer without a licence and advertising his business in a street with a loudspeaker. Mr Hall was ordered to pay costs of £504.29 and victim surcharge of £26, making a total of £795.29 to pay
Councillor Sonia Andjelkovic, Deputy Leader for Regulatory Services, said: “The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 was introduced to give Councils additional powers with regulating the scrap metal industry.
“This case demonstrates that we will not tolerate those found to be flouting the law and those who do not have the necessary licences to transport or collect scrap metal.
“We ask residents to remain vigilant when allowing others to take their waste as they can be held accountable in the event it is later found fly-tipped.”
Anyone wanting further information or to enquire about obtaining a licence can contact the Enforcement Team on: (01283) 508576.