Following on from last week’s comments on the IET’s warning on counterfeit publications I have received further correspondence on the matter.

A reader commented: “I am afraid I can only agree wholeheartedly with the above and, would also question, which is worse, a counterfeit book, or a book full of counterfeit regulations published by an organisation which is clearly 'not fit for purpose' The very fact that someone has to publish ‘guidance notes’ to the regulations is a clear indication that they have not been drafted properly by what the IEE used to call ‘competent persons’. The old IEE regs were printed in plain English, were easy to understand, minimal in number, and gave a very high level of built in safety protection to electrical installations.The IET regulations are quite the opposite in many ways, including areas of safety.”

This is, by no means, the view of the ER team, but we do value input from our readers.

See the next issue of Electrical Review for the full story.

As ever, I would like to hear your views.

I received an email this week from a reader commenting on a story we featured in our September issue -

The reader, who did not wish to be named, wrote: "I could hardly believe my eyes when I read your warning of counterfeit wiring rules.
The problem of course is the very high price the IET has placed upon the book knowing that they will sell many copies. Getting people to read it is perhaps another subject.
I had a look on Google to see what price is now being asked and noticed the list of customers reviews. This one sums it up very well:

'This is an absolute racket. An overpriced, modestly updated, language-mangling, revenue-generating, time-thief of a book that spawns an industry of courses, guides and guidance notes. The IET could literally send out a couple of photocopied pages detailing the actual changes, like they had to a few years ago when the regs were published with some hideously embarrassing mistakes. (Like forgetting what a ring was.) Still, I shall chuck more than a hundred quid at it to satisfy Napit, and it is a lovely shade of yellow. As a lovely design detail, all IET publications disintegrate after you've had the temerity to check a few things in there'

Surely it is time these regulations were available on line and simple enough for the average electrician to understand. Perhaps the counterfeit edition is in simple English” the ER reader continued.

I would be very interested to hear your views on the matter.

Measure for measure

My many thousands of devoted readers will recall that, over the years, I have become increasingly sceptical about the overall cost of the government’s commitment to see 53 million so-called smart meters installed in British homes and businesses in the next five years. I can quite see the value of the exercise to the Big Six electricity companies, who will be able to dispense with both meter readers and telephone complaint operatives. Confident that all bills sent to consumers will henceforth already be completely accurate.

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