Trade body backs “welcome step” in campaign to regulate electricians

Alan Wilson

SELECT has warmly welcomed the introduction of a Member’s Bill aimed at regulating the profession of electricians in Scotland.

Scottish Conservative MSP Jamie Halcro Johnston has started the process by introducing a Member’s Bill to the Scottish Parliament.

The issue of protection of title has been considered by a working group set up by Scottish Government but as of yet, no decision has been made.

Alan Wilson, acting MD at SELECT, the electrotechnical trade association, said, “This is a very welcome step and encourages us in our long-running campaign to make it illegal for anyone who is unqualified to call themselves an electrician in Scotland.

“Over 100 professions are currently protected in law, including gas engineers, but not electricians. Jamie Halcro Johnston is leading the way in highlighting the serious dangers that work carried out by unqualified electricians can create.

“We recently met Jamie to provide him with an update on the last working group meeting and we see the work he is doing on protection of title as part of a package of measures which will be necessary to protect the Scottish public.”

Mr Halcro Johnston’s move has also been backed by the Scottish Joint Industry Board (SJIB) and the union Unite.