Paray expresses doubts over Scrap Metal Bill

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Paray expresses doubts over Scrap Metal Bill

UNC MP for Mayaro, Rushton Paray is doubtful about the new Scrap Metal Bill 2022.

During his contribution to debate on the bill in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, Paray said the UNC will support proper regulation of the industry, but he does not believe that the bill is good law.

He asked if there was proper consultation with all stakeholders before the bill came to Parliament.

Paray also asked whether measures contained in the bill will make it easier for people to enter the industry or remain in it.

He urged Government to ensure that there were no loopholes in the legislation which could create scenarios where “there are crooks in the system.”

Under the new bill:
• A licence is valid for one year but renewable on application.
• Licences won’t be issued retrospectively, nor in relation to a dwelling house – or to applicants under 18 years.
• Applicants must consent to the entry of authorised officers on their scrap metal site to allow inspection of the site, records and scrap metal stored there. Officers may enter sites without a warrant.
• Dealers must keep material received for 15 days, which will permit people who fear their premises have been stripped to go to a scrap metal site and alert the inspector.
• Dealers/collectors will buy/receive only during 7 am to 6 pm. Business cannot be done with/or employ children of people appearing to be under the influence of intoxicating liquor/drug.