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A motion, calling on the Government to amend the Weights and Measures Act to address matters related to calibration and measurement for all equipment used in the sale of petroleum to the public, is now before the House of Representatives.
The motion, laid by Opposition Member of Parliament for West Central St. James Clive Mullings, calls for the inclusion of volumetric measurement of any equipment or receptacle, as well as the prescription of methods of measurement and compulsory calibration of all equipment including pumps used in the sale of liquids to the public.
The motion in its entirety read: “Whereas the sale and measurement of petroleum fuels is of paramount concern to the travelling public. And whereas confidence in the accuracy of volumes of petroleum fuel sold to both gasoline retailers and the general public is lacking.
“And whereas it is in the public interest that all efforts be made to guard against price gouging and exploitative practices.
“And whereas the Bureau of Standards has jurisdiction under the Weights and Measures Act (1976) to determine the weight, measurement or number of goods supplies or acquired by way of trade on the basis of weight measurement or number and whereas petroleum is sold by volume and is regarded as bulk storage and whereas petroleum is conveyed in tanker wagons.
“Be it resolved that this Honourable House calls on the Government to amend the Weights and Measures Act to include volumetric measurement of any equipment or receptacle as well as prescribing the methods of measurement and the compulsory calibration of all equipment including pumps used in the sale of liquids to the public”.