App technology puts illegal operators behind the eight ball


The clampdown on unauthorised plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying work in the construction industry continues.

As part of the Plumbing Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board’s (PDGB’s) increased focus on unauthorised work, it has developed the Report-A-Cowboy (R A C) app.

Released for download early this year, the R A C app is effectively dealing with unauthorised work within the construction industry quickly.

The app allows industry tradespeople and consumers to submit photo and video evidence of illegal work sites, false advertising on vans and so on.

It is effectively squeezing out and closing the gap for those working illegally who bring the industry into disrepute and take work from legitimate tradespeople.

It has the ability to log GPS coordinates, and allows those reporting through the app to request confidentiality. It is a direct link to the Board’s newly-formed investigations unit.

The information gathered is successful in allowing the PGDB to identify and target its resources at New Zealand hot-spot areas.

The Board encourages all industry tradespeople to download the free app and assist in identifying and holding to account those they come across who are carrying out restricted work unlawfully.

The R A C app is available through the App Store and Google Play — or on the Board’s web site at

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