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Guide to the Trading Standards Metrication Concordat
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In 2004, Trading Standards
Officers were issued with a newly updated "Metrication Concordat Advice &
Enforcement Pack". This pack is designed to assist Trading Standard Officers in
their enforcement of metric measures, and is issued by LACORS, the national
co-ordinating body for Trading Standards Officers.
While the LACORS Metrication
Concordat is to be welcomed for clarifying enforcement procedures, BWMA is
concerned that some of the information offered is mistaken and even
mischievous. We are further concerned that Trading Standard Officers will
clamp-down without traders having any knowledge of the Metrication Concordat,
or the obligations it imposes on Trading Standard Officers.
To help traders, BWMA has
produced an 8-page Guide on the Metrication Concordat. This explains the
Concordat in layman's terms, describes the powers of Trading Standard Officers
and offers guidance and advice on the application of metric law.
What are the key points in
BWMA's Guide to the LACORS Metrication Concordat?
||The BWMA Guide reproduces
the LACORS Metrication Concordat in full, with comments and analysis on a
||While the Metrication
Concordat states that Local Authorities must ensure that "action is taken over
high profile traders who refuse as a point of principle to comply", it adds
Local Authorities "
enjoy discretion whether or not to prosecute in an
||LACORS appears to be
unaware of the legal uncertainty surrounding the metric regulations, and
suggests that metric law is now certain. The BWMA Guide explains why there are
still legal doubts regarding the metric regulations.
||The Metrication Concordat
seeks to justify enforcement of metric by linking the use of pounds and ounces
to "crime" and "deception".
||LACORS does not endorse
the claims of some Trading Standards Authorities that dual "switchable"
lb/oz-metric machines are no longer legal; it confirms that such machines are
lawful, and may be supplied to traders.
||The Concordat provides
"specimen" metric offences to guide Trading Standards Officers in their
understanding of metric law
||The BWMA Guide explains
the support that can be offered to local traders facing enforcement action for
using British units. For example, we can attend meetings that Trading Standards
Officers request with traders, and make complaints to the Ombudsman about
breaches in procedure
||The BWMA Guide includes
information on the powers of enforcement officials, for instance, their powers
to test equipment, and the time limits on enforcement action
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