ACI warns that budget cuts will leave sub-standard cable unchecked

by Editor on August 15, 2014

The Approved Cables Initiative (ACI) is issuing its own warning to the electrical supply chain following Trading Standard’s announcement that further budget cuts will leave the UK open to an influx of dangerous and/or counterfeit goods.

Concerned by a Trading Standards Institute (TSI) announcement that budgets are set to be slashed by an average 40% over the life of this parliament, the ACI says that the predicted influx may include sub-standard, counterfeit and non-conforming cable.

This is an issue the ACI has brought to the attention of industry, government, and the public for several years.  According to TSI’s 2014 Workforce Survey, released in April, by 2016 most Trading Standards’ services in England and Wales will have them cut and some services will have stopped – which it predicts will have a detrimental effect upon consumer rights, consumer safety and the health of legitimate businesses.

The ACI believes that it is important to support Trading Standards in communicating this key message, to ensure the maintenance of an effective service.

Peter Smeeth of the Approved Cables Initiative said, “The ACI has been working with Trading Standards since 2010 to highlight issues of sub-standard cable.  We are at a loss to understand where business and the public will go if this service cannot support them.

“As an initiative, the ACI has previously been directed by Department for Business Innovation and Skills to work with Trading Standards to manage sub-standard cable issues.  However, our concern is that the level of service to keep on top of this issue just isn’t going to be available in the future.

“This also justifies our continued campaign  for changes to legislation to support the cable supply industry and public from sub-standard and defective cable products.  We believe that by allowing such cuts the government is in danger of appearing to be merely paying lip service to the sub-standard cable problem.”

The ACI is currently lobbying for new legislation which would ensure that only cables that fully comply with British, European or International standards and that carry a third party certification are manufactured for sale, offered for sale, distributed or installed in the UK.

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