Weights and Measures Act, 1928

Verification and stamping of measuring instruments.

11.—(1) Every measuring instrument used for trade shall (unless it is the subject of a licence granted under this section and for the time being in force) be verified and stamped by an inspector of weights and measures with a stamp of verification under the Weights and Measures Acts, 1878 to 1904, as amended by this Act.

(2) Where a measuring instrument which has been used for trade before the 1st day of January, 1928, is, by reason only of the material or principle of construction thereof, incapable of being stamped as required by this section the Minister may, if he thinks fit and subject to such (if any) alteration being made in the construction of such measuring instrument as he may think proper to require, grant and at any time revoke in respect of such measuring instrument a licence authorising the person named therein to use such measuring instrument for trade during such period (not exceeding such maximum period as the Minister may prescribe either generally or specifically by regulations made by him under this section) and subject to such conditions as the Minister may think proper to specify in such licence.

(3) Every person who after the expiration of six months from the passing of this Act, uses or has in his possession for use for trade any measuring instrument required by this section to be stamped which is not so stamped shall be guilty of an offence under this section and shall be liable on summary conviction thereof, in the case of a first offence, to a fine not exceeding two pounds and, in the case of a second or any subsequent offence, to a fine not exceeding five pounds.

(4) Section 32 of the Principal Act shall apply to measuring instruments in like manner as it applies to weights and measures, and section 48 of the Principal Act shall apply to measuring instruments in like manner as it applies to weights, measures, scales, balances, steelyards and weighing machines.