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Published on September 22nd, 2011 | by admin

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Police Look to Silence Scrap Van Bugle Blasts

SCRAP metal vans have been targeted by police in Castle Bromwich following noise pollution complaints from residents unhappy at their bugle blasts. Officers from the Castle Bromwich and Smith’s Wood Neighbourhood Police Team, alongside Trading Standards, carried out a day-long clampdown on ‘tatters’ vans who excessively trumpet their arrival in residential areas.

During the operation scrap metal collectors were stopped, documentation verified, cargos inspected, and vans checked to ensure they were roadworthy. Two were seized for being driven without insurance whilst those on-board were warned that excessive use of horns, bugles or loudspeakers could breach Pollution Control and Environment Protection Acts.

Sergeant Liam Dalton said: “The sound of scrap metal vans trumpeting their arrival in residential parts of Solihull by blowing bugles is a nuisance being reported with increasing regularity. It was a successful day of action and we will be continuing to crackdown on those who blatantly ignore the law and regulations. The drivers of the seized vans will now be prosecuted. The action day also focused on rogue builders with van drivers stopped by officers to ensure they complied with Building Regulations. A total of 25 vans were inspected.

Sgt Dalton, said: “Rogue builders often prey on the elderly and vulnerable, conning them out of money for work that is substandard and overpriced. Dealing with a rogue trader can have a seriously detrimental effect on a victim’s health and confidence.”

Further crackdowns are now jointly being planned by Solihull Police and Trading Standards to catch scrap metal dealers and rogue traders who breach guidelines.

To help protect yourself from rogue traders, follow the crime prevention tips below:

  • Check whether traders are members of the Local Authority Assured Trader Schemes: www.oft.gov.uk  or the government Trust Mark scheme: www.trustmark.org.uk
  • Never pay cash upfront
  • Get three written quotes before choosing a trader
  • If you suspect a rogue trader caller is at your door dial 999.

If you have the vehicle registration number of a scrap metal dealer causing a noise issue, please contact Solihull Councils ‘Connect’ service on 0121 704 8369.

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