Openreach: New Roads & Street Works Act
6 April 2011
Changes to the NRSWA, that came into force on 5 April 2011, require anyone who works on the network and needs to deal with signing, lighting and guarding should carry a special photo ID card.
The card is issued by the street works qualification authority and confirms the holder has unit 2 qualification, or in the case of managers/supervisors unit 10.
The CWU had concerns that there was a delay in issuing cards and that there may be a significant backlog. Failure to show the ID card when asked to do so by a representative of the local authority could result in a fine of up to £2500 and prosecution.
If you do not have a card:
- If you are stopped and cannot provide your photo ID card please give this number - 0845 270 2720 - to the individual who can call SWQR, to confirm your qualification.
- If you have not applied for the photo card and are attending the course in the near future, you cannot enter a UG structure (lift the lid, open a joint box, remove a manhole cover) unless you are accompanied by a colleague who does have the qualification.
Climbing poles and opening cabinets does not require a formal NRSWA qualification.