Train4TradeSkills News: NICEIC launch new campaign to clamp down on rogue traders

The NICEIC have launched a new campaign to clamp down on rogue traders and teach homeowners all about the dangers that rogue tradesmen can do in their home.

The UK’s leading voluntary regulatory body for the electrical contracting industry has teamed up with Crimewatch presenter Rav Wilding to create the A.S.K campaign – Ask for NICEIC.

The premise is simple: the campaign is to urge homeowners to check if a tradesman working in their homes is fully-qualified, with the right company logos – and to find out by A.S.K-ing them.

Research from the NICEIC has found that only 2 in 10 homeowners – or 19% – of homeoweners would ask, without hesistation – to see a tradesman’s ID when they arrive at the door. 34% of the people asked even admitted they don’t check at all that the tradesman is qualified.

The NICEIC’s Tony Cable said:

“It’s a great shame that some trades people think they can trick homeowners by wrongly using a company logo, but sadly this is reality. Our survey clearly shows that consumers still aren’t checking and double checking ID despite being scrupulous when it comes to other areas of their life.

“Our message is simple – ASK and double check, always find out for yourself that the tradesman at your door is who they say they are. By not checking out a tradesman, consumers could be inviting in a rogue and costing themselves a fortune if a bodged job needs to be put right.”

Rogue or cowboy traders cost the UK economy a fortune each year, by ripping customers off or carrying out unnecessary work in people’s homes. The NICEIC have found that £3.7 BILLION has been spent to repair botched jobs over the last five years, and over 6.2 million people have fallen victim to rogue traders in that time.

Rav Wilding comments:

“It’s absolutely vital that homeowners are checking and double checking the ID of any tradesman who comes to their door – this is the only way to keep their home and family safe and protected from rogues.

And that’s why it’s important to A.S.K if a tradesmen is fully qualified and accredited. What do you think of the NICEIC’s campaign?Let us know and comment below or join in the debate on the Train4TradeSkills Facebook Page.

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Posted on October 12, 2011, in Electrical News, electrician, electrician courses, t4ts, train4tradeskills, Wall of Shame and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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