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Scrap cash ban challenge rejected

A legal challenge to the scrap cash ban has been thrown by the High Court.

Amy Bird of One Stop Recycling, who led the challenge to today’s scrap cash rule change told MRW she understood the court had been unwilling to interfere in a political Government decision.

Bird said she was disappointed, but not surprised, by the conclusion.

“This isn’t about the scrap metal industry, this is about politics,” she added. “The decision had already been made. I don’t think any of our hard, factual evidence was even considered. I think they had made their decision before we even got in front of the judge that they were not going to even consider it.”

The group of independent scrap traders had argued for a delay to the ban on cash payments claiming it was unclear in its scope, was not subject to proper consultation, and unfairly discriminated against licensed scrap dealers. They said the rules posed a “serious risk to the commercial viability” of a large number of small and medium sized businesses.

But the Government has denied there is a lack of clarity or ambiguity in the provision of the law, and saying there is no requirement for it to provide guidance to businesses on how to adapt.

Bird condemned the response, and asked how the industry was supposed to know how to comply with the law without guidance.

“Unfortunately”, she said, “we mounted the legal challenge too late”.

Readers' comments (8)

  • Good, best get back to work sorting out their businesses rather than moaning all the time. We have continue operating today in exactly the same way as we have operated for the last year!

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  • Your answer is "good" to this?

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  • As busy as we have always been.....!

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  • All scrap merchants should cease buying from all tatter types, travellers and the general public etc. from today. This would quickly put pressure on the government to stop the cash loopholes because there would soon be scrap lying everywhere, then we would all have a fair shout. The Authorities could then concentrate on any unlicenced yards still paying cash.

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  • all scrap yards should have kept it the way it used to price for merchants and one price on the gate for the others and it would have stopped the metal thefts a long time ago and all the cheques in the world wont stop the thefts because burglarys will go up and other thefts

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  • I would say to Amy Bird: take the case to Brussels. We are in an international
    trade zone I think: can you go to a bureau exchange with a Cheque?

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  • A customer came in today and told me he had sold most of his scrap to a traveller for cash. Didn't think it would be worth calling the Police, on the other hand they have been into all our units and asked us to remove any "cash" word. Its nice to see, their doing the right thing!

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  • 12.38 Anonymous. Your comments are arrogant and smack of "I'm all right Jack" Because it suits you it doesn't mean its ok for everyone.If you think the banning of cash is about metal theft,then you're missing something.Tornado has been proved to work,up to 50% reduction of theft in North East over last 12 months,During this time they were still paying with cash.What you going to do when the tatters/pikies have taken your customers with their cash? As for the comment about one price for merchants and another for tatters.Well you obviously don.t have one of our "leading" merchants yards in your area.Who try to hoover up everyone and everything with their prices.Merchant price for all.From Joe Public to your customer! Not only that but collections for free wherever you are in relation to their yard.Also they have become "cash Converters" on the same sites Can you compete now?

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