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Preventing damage to underground utilities when digging. 9 March 2006 Afke van Rijn Deputy director Telecom market. TOPICS Current situation Problems/Bottlenecks Goal of this particular Act Content of the Act Current state of affairs. Current situation.

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Preventing damage to underground utilities when digging

Preventing damage to underground utilities when digging

9 March 2006

Afke van Rijn

Deputy director Telecom market


Preventing damage to underground utilities when digging

TOPICS

  • Current situation

  • Problems/Bottlenecks

  • Goal of this particular Act

  • Content of the Act

  • Current state of affairs


Current situation
Current situation

  • Dutch situation in general

  • Current system of self-regulation (KLIC)

  • Policy document (November 2004)

  • New Act


Problems bottlenecks
Problems/Bottlenecks

  • No obligation to report digging/to provide data

  • Lack of quality of the information asked/information not on time

  • Digging must be done with the utmost care

  • Unclear who, in practice, is accountable for what


Goal of this particular act
Goal of this particular Act

  • Prevention of damage to underground utilities when digging.

  • To guarantee public interests as security of supply of utilities and safety for environment

    Means: legal obligation to

    exchange information +

    obligation to dig with care


Responsibilities
Responsibilities

  • Excavator responsibilities- Notification- Digging with care

  • Owners or operators responsibilities- Providing correct and timely information

    The information process


Digging with care
Digging with care

  • Just acting according to the Law

  • is not enough. Prearrangements necessary about what digging with care is.

    But also:

  • Communication to the parties involved

  • Measures by third parties


Government bodies involved
Government bodies involved

  • Dutch Land Registry Office (Kadaster)

  • Radiocommunications Agency Netherlands(Agentschap Telecom)


Current state of affairs
Current state of affairs

  • February 2006: Act sent to Parliament

  • Before summer 2006: debate Lower Chamber

  • After summer 2006: debate Upper Chamber

The Act will not take effect at the same time as the electronic information system:

  • Act a.s.a.p. after approval Upper Chamber

  • Electronic system: according to plan in 2009


Summary
Summary

  • With the new law there will be:

    • Obligations with regard to exchange of information for excavators and owners/operators

    • Obligations to dig carefully

    • More clarity regarding the individual responsibilities of parties involved

  • But to achieve desired change in behaviour:

    • Agreement between parties involved with regard to digging safely

    • Communication

    • Actions by others (for instance: insurers)

  • All parts needed to achieve goal (less incidents)


  • Preventing damage to underground utilities when digging