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New trade licensing will cost consumers

Sandra Goudie MP National Party Consumer Affairs Spokeswoman

21 June 2005

New trade licensing will cost consumers

Competence-based licensing in the plumbing and drainlaying industry will hit consumers in the pocket, says National's Consumer Affairs spokeswoman, Sandra Goudie.

Ms Goudie is commenting on the Energy Safety Review Bill that aims to extend the powers of the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board, and require tradesmen to upskill regularly so they can continue to hold a licence.

"This bill places unnecessary costs on the consumer and unfounded bureaucracy within the industry," says Ms Goudie.

"Existing audit systems for monitoring standards in the industry are sufficient, while the need for competence-based licensing is unproven.

"If our tradesmen require a safety procedure overhaul why are they in such hot demand overseas?

"The board is totally out of touch with what it means to do a hard day's work. Their actions are adding to the shortage of tradesmen in this country.

"Plumbers and gasfitters who can no longer be bothered with all the compliance costs and unnecessary demands placed on them simply leave the industry, or the country.

"It's no wonder consumers find it so hard to find good tradesmen," says Ms Goudie.


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