The energy networks are celebrating as the Scrap Metal Dealers Bill was fast tracked through the House of Lords.
The Energy Networks Association (ENA) has praised MP’s and peers for voting to pass the legislation, which will soon receive Royal Ascent.
The Bill, which was put forward by Conservative MP Richard Ottaway, imposes a strict licensing regime on the metal recycling industry. It requires scrap dealers to keep stronger records, regulates itinerant traders and gives police powers to close unlicensed premises.
The new measures were made to deter thieves by making it more difficult to sell stolen items for cash.
ENA chief executive David Smith said: “This is a great result for those affected industries and organisations that have been campaigning for a change for many years.
“Replacing the outdated laws will deal a firm blow to the criminals who have plagued our national infrastructure, memorials and heritage.”