As seen in one of this week’s news stories, an electrical contractor has been fined for fraudulently claiming to be registered with NICEIC, the UK voluntary regulatory body for the electrical contracting industry.
Newport based Lyndon Saunders, trading under the name of Cain Solar Energy Division, pleaded guilty to eight counts of unauthorised use of a trade logo, including misuse of the NICEIC logo. He was fined £1,200 and ordered to pay a contribution towards prosecution costs somewhere in the region of £1,500 following action taken by Trading Standards.
This is by no means the first prosecution. NICEIC has always taken misuse of its logo very seriously, and will work with Trading Standards to take action against those using it incorrectly. And rightly so. With more than 26,000 registered contractors on its books, the organisation has a duty to protect the interests not only of its members, but also the general public, whose safety is paramount.