THE PROPOSED anti-theft registration scheme for plant is to be postponed to enable all the legal and contractual details to be thrashed out.
The Plant Theft Action Group was planning to introduce the scheme to the industry on November 29, but the launch is now going to be delayed until January at the earliest.
One person closely involved with the scheme said that even the January date was optimistic, since such a new scheme requires many elements to be clearly defined.
He said: 'There is still a fair way to go. It is a fine idea in principle, but it is more important to have it right than to rush into it.
'We have still to iron out details such as the cost of registering for it.
'An industry scheme is no good if people will not be prepared to use it.'