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Scrapyards in Scotland are no longer allowed to pay the public in cash for their old cars.

New regulations intended to reduce scrap metal theft, effective from 1 September, will also require motorists to show some form of identification when scrapping a vehicle.

According to car recycling website CarTakeBack.com, drivers should only use reputable scrap metal dealers to scrap their cars. It warns that if you fail to notify the DVLA that your car has been scrapped, you could be fined £1,000, and that if you scrap your car to a scrapyard operating illegally, you could also be responsible for any road or traffic violations carried out by the car while it’s still in your name.

“These operators will offer to pay cash for cars, but because they are unlicensed aren’t able to issue a Certificate of Destruction for the vehicle or correctly deal with the official paperwork to inform the DVLA that the car has been scrapped,” the company’s spokesperson Rebecca Currier told MotoringResearch.com.

She added: “Cars need to be recycled properly so that hazardous materials such as oil and batteries are disposed of correctly. This should only be done at a scrap car recycling centre with an Authorised Treatment Facility licence.The licence requires businesses to invest substantially in the necessary equipment and buildings required to recycle cars correctly – the current target is 95% of the vehicle.Illegal operators who do not possess this licence tend also to deal in cash payments so the change in law will assist in cracking down on them.”