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Section 70 Returns

11th Mar 2013

The 2011-2012 S70 returns must be made by all Trading Standards Departments to the NMO and relate to the work they have carried out under the Weights and Measures Act.

It is good to see that 95% of authorities submitted results and the NMO have done some useful analysis with this data. They have discovered that weighing instruments greater than 30kg, including weighbridges and bulk fuel measuring instruments, are the areas with the greatest problems.

It is also good to note that the NMO recognise that the shortage of trained officers is one of the major challenges for the future. Without good enforcement the market place becomes un-regulated and legitimate traders suffer.

The other interesting point to note is that the report begins the process of trying to assign an accurate monetary figure on the consumer detriment caused by inaccurate weighing and measuring equipment. Whilst applauding this objective, we must encourage them to discover a similar value to the detriment caused to businesses by the very low levels of enforcement the report reveals.

Section 70 Annual Report, 2011-2012

Ian Turner
UKWF Technical Officer

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