Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments Eleventh Report


Memorandum from the Department for Transport


1. The Committee has asked for a memorandum on the following point:

Explain the purpose and effect of regulation 3(3) and, in particular, explain the meaning of "the measured position" and "the recorded position.

2. Regulation 3(3) sets out the level of accuracy which is required in the record kept by the undertaker. Creating the record involves measuring the actual position of the apparatus in the ground and then transferring that measurement onto one of the records allowed for by regulation 3. While the actual position of the apparatus on the ground can be measured to one level of accuracy, once that measurement is transferred onto a record which has a smaller scale than 1 to 1 the same level of accuracy cannot be sustained, although the more accurate data captured by the measurement can be kept as a separate file.

3. Regulation 3(3) therefore provides for a lower level of accuracy for the position put on the formal record, i.e. the recorded position, than it does for the measurement of that position, i.e. the measured position. The description of the position as "recorded" in one case and "measured" in another accords with industry practice, and reflects the extensive consultation undertaken on these Regulations with both street authorities and utilities, who are the primary users of the Regulations.

7 February 2003

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