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Non-automatic Weighing Instruments Regulations 2016

BIFA has been contacted by Renfrewshire Council regarding the above subject and the outcome of their recent inspection.

Members are reminded that any weighing equipment used for determination of mass for 1) commercial transactions, 2) the calculation of a toll, tariff, tax, bonus, penalty, remuneration, indemnity or similar type of payment, or 3) the application of laws or regulations must comply with the Non-automatic Weighing Instruments Regulations 2016. Such equipment must be trade approved and passed as fit for use for trade (i.e. stamped) by either the manufacturer, an approved verifier or a Trading Standards Officer. 

During their inspection Trading Standards Officers checked 18 scales at the premises of 15 freight forwarders finding a total of 22 faults, thus rendering the equipment non-compliant, clearly a very high percentage of failures. Renfrewshire Council has advised that based upon the outcome of this relatively small sample that they intend at a later date to visit all freight forwarders operating in their area.

All Members are, therefore, reminded of the need to comply with the above Regulations to avoid legal action being taken against them.

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