Why do you still need to call at the house and take meter readings?

Someone called and read the meters a few weeks ago. Thought occurred to me later, is why do you need to do that if you have kit in our house that sends you data on our usage? Cant it send you the current meter reading also ? Would save an awful lot of fuel, pollution and shoe leather ?


OFGEM state that: Suppliers are required to read and inspect your meter(s) at least every two years – although some suppliers may visit more frequently.

I guess it also provides an opportunity to have a quick check that nothing illegal is happening with the supply to the property.