On 25 Jul 2003 17:11:34 GMT, email@example.com (Andrew
Likewise. I also spoke to mine recently and put it to him that this
succession of legislation in different areas to do with building and
home improvement is rapidly becoming an infringement of the
"Englishman's home is his castle" principle and getting quite close to
the civil liberties area. He certainly agreed that this was yet
another piece of overkill legislation that would likely be
unenforceable and therefore virtually pointless.
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I received a friendly reply from my MP this morning. He basically
agrees with my synopsis of this legislation and is going to take the
matter up with the appropriate minister. His words were "yet another
example of over regulation".
Just to reiterate, my main focus of attack was that implementing this
new scheme "to save lives" would do nothing of the sort, as the vast
majority of fatalities and injuries which had implications for the
electrical supply actually involve appliances and customer-side
wiring, not the behind-the-wall installation. It wasn't ever going to
stop someone being electrocuted because they drove their electric
lawnmower over the power cable.
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Very interested in this topic - I am involved in this on behalf of a group
of companies who perform minor electrical work as an "add on" to their main
activity. There must be thousands of such firms who will be in the sh** when
this proposal becomes law. Only those firms who are "accredited" will be
authorised to issue the required Competion Certificate - otherwise the
Building Inspector will have to test the work. Does the Gov realise what a
hole they are digging. Of the 65,000 electrical contractors in the UK,
only about 13,000 are currently "accredited/certified". The rest will be
out in the cold. The IEE is setting up a Certification Scheme to address
this. Given the scale of the problem with actual Electrical Contractors,
and that they will also have to address the myriads of other trades who also
fiddle with electrics (eg kitchen fitters) twill be a long time undeed
before they send their enforcers to check on the DIY chaps. Crazy wot?
All correspondence on this with the oFfice of the Deputy Prime Minister,
NET, CITB etc seems to be happily ignored.
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