Whilst the bill is a huge step forward, the government having given way on the controversial part of the bill prohibiting cash payments which the industry and I had lobbied hard for.
There are three flaws in the current bill.
- It allows criminals and gangs to work in the industry unchecked by not having personal licences as with alcohol and taxis - both licensed similarly by local authorities.
- It does nothing to bring together a national task force to share intelligence and best practise.
- It does not allow local authorities to insist that mobile collectors display license information, vehicle badging nor scrap metal yards to display there licence details to customers.