MPs call for new rules on scrap dealers to prevent metal theft
Anyone trying to sell scrap metal should have to prove their identity, a group of MPs has said.
The Transport Select Committee also said the government should test a ban on cash payments for scrap to try to tackle the problem of metal theft.
Thefts from railways caused disruption to 3.8 million passengers last year and cost more than £16m.
Committee chairman and Labour MP Louise Ellman told BBC Breakfast that the industry was so far a bit like "a Steptoe and Son situation... no questions asked".
26 Jan 2012
- From the section UK