SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): The Sakatchewan province has approved a new legislation that proposes stricter restrictions on scrap metal transactions. The new law is aimed at curbing rising scrap metal theft incidents in the province. The new legislation is called “The Pawned Property (Recording) Amendment Act”.
Under the new law, cash transactions will be restricted for scrap metal trade. The scrap metal dealers are required to obtain and keep a record of personal identification and material details. The information could be sent to police, as in the case of pawn transactions. Also, people below 18 years of age will be prohibited from being part of scrap metal transactions. It must be noted that the province has recorded tremendous rise in criminal activities linked to scrap metal theft.
In a related legislation, the government has given more control to police on charges related to auto theft. The Traffic Safety Amendment Act will allow police to issue offense tickets and fines for offenses, Earlier, the police had to investigate and make charges under the Criminal Code. The amendment is expected to reduce auto-theft, said Don Morgan, Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety for the province.
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