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Long Title

Part I PRELIMINARY

Part II EXCLUSIVE PRIVILEGE AND LICENSING, ETC., OF TELECOMMUNICATION SYSTEMS

Part III ERECTION, MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR OF TELECOMMUNICATION INSTALLATIONS

Part IV CODES OF PRACTICE, STANDARDS OF PERFORMANCE, DIRECTIONS AND ADVISORY GUIDELINES ON TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Part V TELECOMMUNICATION CABLE DETECTION WORK

Part VA CONTROL OF DESIGNATED TELECOMMUNICATION LICENSEES, DESIGNATED BUSINESS TRUSTS AND DESIGNATED TRUSTS

Part VB SPECIAL ADMINISTRATION ORDER

Part VC ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION SCHEME

Part VI OFFENCES AND PENALTIES

Part VII INTERNATIONAL OBLIGATIONS AND NATIONAL INTERESTS

Part VIII ENFORCEMENT POWERS AND PROCEDURES

Part IX GENERAL PROVISIONS

Legislative History

Comparative Table

 
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PART V
TELECOMMUNICATION CABLE DETECTION WORK
Telecommunication cable detection work to be carried out before earthworks
29.
—(1)  Subject to subsection (2), no person shall commence or carry out, or cause or permit the commencement or carrying out of, any earthworks which are within the vicinity of any telecommunication cable belonging to or under the management or control of a telecommunication system licensee unless —
(a)
he has given to the telecommunication system licensee not less than 7 days’ (or such other period as the Authority may allow in any particular case) notice in writing of the date on which it is proposed to commence the earthworks;
(b)
he has obtained from the telecommunication system licensee the necessary information on the location of such telecommunication cable and has consulted the licensee on the steps to be taken to prevent the telecommunication cable from damage while the earthworks are being carried out; and
(c)
he has caused telecommunication cable detection work to be performed or carried out by a licensed telecommunication cable detection worker in order to confirm the location of the telecommunication cable.
(2)  Nothing in subsection (1) shall prohibit a person from commencing or carrying out any earthworks where he has reasonable cause to believe that it is necessary to do so in the interest of public or private safety except that the person shall, not more than 7 days after the earthworks have been commenced or carried out, give to the telecommunication system licensee notice in writing stating the nature and extent of those earthworks.
(3)  It shall be the duty of the person who carries out any earthworks referred to in subsection (1) —
(a)
to comply with all reasonable requirements of the telecommunication system licensee for the prevention of damage to the telecommunication cable;
(b)
to ensure that reasonable precautions are taken when carrying out such earthworks to prevent any damage to the telecommunication cable, including but not limited to site supervision of the earthworks; and
(c)
to allow the telecommunication system licensee reasonable access to the work site for the purpose of inspecting or taking any necessary measures to protect the telecommunication cable.
(4)  It shall be the duty of a telecommunication system licensee to whom a notice under subsection (1)(a) has been given —
(a)
to promptly inform the person who has given him the notice of the location of the telecommunication cable and to provide such person with any other information as may be necessary to enable him to ascertain the exact location of the telecommunication cable;
(b)
to advise the person who has given him the notice on the precautions to be taken to prevent damage to the telecommunication cable; and
(c)
to take all such measures at the work site as may be reasonable and necessary for the protection of the telecommunication cable from damage and, in so doing, the telecommunication system licensee shall have regard to the potential risks and dangers that can arise from any damage to the telecommunication cable.
(5)  No person other than a licensed telecommunication cable detection worker shall commence or carry out any telecommunication cable detection work within the vicinity of any telecommunication cable belonging to or under the management or control of a telecommunication system licensee where such telecommunication cable detection work is commenced or carried out in connection or combination with or in relation to any earthworks carried out or to be carried out.
(6)  Any person who contravenes or fails to comply with subsection (1) or (3) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $100,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years or to both.
(7)  Subject to subsection (8), in any proceedings for an offence under subsection (6), it shall be a defence for the person charged to prove —
(a)
that he took all reasonable steps to discharge his duty under subsection (1) or (3), as the case may be; or
(b)
that he took all reasonable precautions and exercised all due diligence to avoid the commission of the offence.
(8)  If in any proceedings for an offence under subsection (6) the defence involves acting on information supplied by a telecommunication system licensee or a licensed telecommunication cable detection worker, the person charged shall not, without leave of the court, be entitled to rely on that defence unless, within a period of 14 clear days before the hearing, he has served on the prosecutor a notice in writing giving such information as was then in his possession identifying or assisting in the identification of the person who supplied him with the information.
(9)  Any person who contravenes or fails to comply with subsection (5) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to both.
Powers of Authority in relation to telecommunication cable detection work
30.  The Authority may —
(a)
grant a telecommunication cable detection work licence permitting a person to perform such telecommunication cable detection work as is specified in the licence and may suspend, cancel, alter, extend, renew or replace any such licence;
(b)
classify any telecommunication cable detection work licence in such manner as it determines;
(c)
specify the nature of the telecommunication cable detection work in respect of which a telecommunication cable detection work licence is granted and restrict such work to any type or class of telecommunication cable detection work;
(d)
specify the circumstances or manner in which licensed cable detection workers may perform or carry out telecommunication cable detection work;
(e)
impose any terms, conditions or restrictions on any telecommunication cable detection work licence;
(f)
require any public telecommunication licensee to conduct approved courses of training, including refresher courses, and provide for examinations for telecommunication cable detection workers;
(g)
keep a register of licensed telecommunication cable detection workers; and
(h)
do any act or thing which is necessary or convenient to carrying out the objects of this Part or is incidental thereto.
Licensed telecommunication cable detection workers
31.
—(1)  Any person who, not being a licensed telecommunication cable detection worker, advertises or holds himself out or conducts himself in any way or by any means as a person who is a licensed telecommunication cable detection worker shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to both.
[10/2005 wef 16/02/2005]
(2)  No person other than a licensed telecommunication cable detection worker shall be entitled to recover in any court any charge, fee or remuneration for any telecommunication cable detection work performed or carried out by the person.
Duty to enquire before excavation
32.  Any person who digs, bores, trenches, grades, excavates or breaks any ground with any mechanical equipment or explosive or allows his employee or agent to do so without first ascertaining the location of any telecommunication cable belonging to or under the management or control of any telecommunication system licensee that may be interfered with shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $100,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years or to both.
[10/2005 wef 16/02/2005]