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The Act, which comes into force on December 1, requires dealers to record the personal details of people they buy and sell to. But Trading Standards say that as such details are automatically recorded when credit card transactions take place, there would be no need to keep separate records for those deals.
Malcolm Hord, chief executive of LAPADA, has welcomed the introduction of the machines, which are about twice the size of mobile phones, but Matthew Adams, of Adams Fairs, who has been using a similar machine launched by a different company and has had trouble with it, warned that they would only be viable if the phone connection on them was reliable.

“Apparently a much stronger signal is needed to transfer this sort of information than on an ordinary mobile phone,” he said.