Scrap Metal Dealer Public Register
The BVSF have received today, with grateful thanks to the BMRA, the following information.
The latest scrap metal dealer public register spreadsheets for England and Wales can now be downloaded from the EA Opendata web page, www.geostore.com/environment-agency Search for “scrap”, select the final “Other” column button, and download. You get a compressed (zip) folder containing the two spreadsheets. We are advised that they ought to be updated weekly and that potentially the new data is frozen at the end of Wednesday and uploaded to the public register by the following Monday; We have not been informed at what stage the spreadsheets are fixed.
Be aware that there are still “issues” with local authorities’ data. Some that have previously published figures for licences have dropped off the plot completely, and others have lost substantial numbers of previously-published licences. EA staff are trying to spot such issues and resolve them before they go live, and their techies are working on it, but it’s all far from reliable!
There are also still a lot of authorities missing from the register, which is probably mainly a local authority admin problem rather than an issue with the register. However, we are advised that some are having problems with getting data out in the right format and as a consequence have had data rejections.
FTAO all BVSF Members...
Please click on the link below to download the BVSF Manifest document that should assist in the export of parts assessed as suitable for re-use. This includes "vehicles" with a section relating to an "Intent to repair" that is to be signed by the exporting purchaser. It can be confirmed that this document has been viewed by a Government Department and was described as "Useful".
Eat, drink, refuel and save
Everybody likes to save money, which is why our strategic partnership with The Fuelcard People has proven so popular with BVSF members. As long-established independent experts, they offer an unbeatable range of fuel cards, covering every major brand, which enables them to offer you typical savings of up to 5p per litre on both diesel and petrol. That is available through thousands of forecourts nationwide, with the saving rising to 10p per litre for motorway refuelling.
Now, there is an extra reason to pick up the phone and call The Fuelcard People. If you apply for any of their fuel cards, you will enjoy a special bonus: one year’s free membership of the Gourmet Society.
Gourmet Society membership, which normally costs over £70, enables you to save between 25% and 50% on the cost of meals at almost 7,000 restaurants throughout the country. This special free offer is limited, so you need to call The Fuelcard People and apply now.
Cheaper fuel and free Gourmet Society membership are only the start of the benefits when you use fuel cards from The Fuelcard People: eliminated paperwork, reduced administration, 24/7 account access. You even have your own dedicated account manager, so that you can always talk to the same person, who knows your business and understands your needs.
So, there is no need to make a meal out of cutting your business costs. Just call The Fuelcard People now and they will help you to find the right fuel card to meet your needs. Then, if you want to celebrate making real fuel cost savings, you can also look forward to a year of eating out at a discount.
For more information, visit www.discountfuelcards.co.uk, or ask The Fuelcard People to call you back here. Ask them about BVSF members’ exclusive benefits, including preferential rates unavailable elsewhere. You could be only a call away from easing your fuel cost burden – and a year’s free Gourmet Society membership.
FTAO all members.
We all know the technicalities and arguments behind the CoTC scenario and the fact that we have to continuously "prove" our competence etc. The BVSF have and indeed still are challenging the timescales of CoTC and will continue to do so until we get some success.
Recently we were advised that our resident trainer, Rob Turvey has retired, although he is still very happy to supply only training packs on a "DIY" basis, it was decided that if we were to glean a little more information from WAMITAB themselves it may offer further assistance to the membership.
Please feel free to use the link below and have a browse through, there are some sample questions at the end to give you a feel for the exam.
Should you need further advice on the matter or require a training pack from Rob Turvey, please don't hesitate to contact the BVSF offices in the usual way.
The crackdown and illegal trade of metal has been boosted by government funding of £500,000
The Home Office and Department for Transport have agreed to provide further funding for the National Metal Theft Taskforce. The taskforce develops intelligence, coordinates activity and targets and disrupts criminal networks - both the thieves and also the criminal market, including rogue elements of the scrap metal industry.
The funding follows a request from the British Transport Police, which leads the taskforce, and means the government has invested more than £6 million in the initiative since it was launched in January 2012. The latest funding, which runs to the end of September this year, will allow the taskforce to continue its hugely successful programme of coordinated national days of action.
These targeted operations against unscrupulous scrap metal dealers, in conjunction with police and local agencies, have so far resulted in more than 1,000 arrests for theft and related offences and police have seized more than 600 vehicles involved in criminality.
Crime Prevention Minister Norman Baker said:
The coalition government has made it harder than ever before for metal thieves to prosper and our £6 million investment in the National Metal Theft Taskforce is reaping rewards.
Alongside our reforms to ban cash payments and regulate the scrap metal trade, the taskforce has helped to make it much more difficult for thieves and unscrupulous dealers to profit from crime.
This additional government funding will enable the taskforce to continue its programme of coordinated national days of action, which have so far resulted in more than 1,000 arrests and the seizure of hundreds of vehicles involved in criminality.
Transport Minister Baroness Kramer said:
I am pleased we can continue to fund this nationally important organisation. The potential impact cable theft has on the railways is huge, not least the inconvenience to passengers. Network Rail has to compensate operators for the disruption and this is money which could be better spent on improving the network which is a vital part of our economic plan.
For the last two years the taskforce has had a big impact in reducing the number of cables being stolen. Network Rail continues to report that the trend is in decline, with delays to passengers being at an all-time low.
The taskforce forms part of the government’s programme of work to crack down on the illegal trade of metal, and its activities have been boosted by legislation.
Under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act which came into effect in October 2013, scrap metal dealers are now required to hold licences issued by local authorities.
The licences set standards for record keeping and customer verification and councils may revoke a licence at any time if they believe the dealer is no longer suitable to hold one.
Cash payments for scrap metal have been banned since December 2012.
Statistics published in November 2013 show government action is working. There was a 40% fall in the number of offences for the three months to the end of March 2013 compared to the three months to the end of June 2012.
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