Writing from an urban city, in past years scrap metail dealers were a novelty. Recently, they have become very frequent, active and almost a menace. Drive plain lorries, with no name markings. Many lorries are very poorly maintained, drivers drive with almost no care for pedestrians, other drivers and for the households. Spend more time looking a houses, not looking for traffic, rarely signal when turning.
Sirens are getting louder, tactics are getting bolder – to point of knocking on doors, peering through gardens and even stealing material they see as scrap. In my own neighbourhood we are now getting at least one "scrap" lorry every day and have had three trundle round on same saturday pm,
Yet trading standards tell us these dealers have no trade body, need no licence to deal and do not need to give their identity. Police are reluctant to take action for barely-roadworthy vehicles. So households and neighbourhoods continue to suffer annoyance and harrassment. This must change. We deserve to live in reasonable peace. If we have scrap to dispose of, we would call our local council or a licenced waste company.
What is more. If any of these operators were linked to crime gangs – how would we know? They are very noisy but keep their identify otherwise completely secret.