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Weights and Measures (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 2000

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3.  In Article 9 (weighing or measuring equipment for use for trade)—

(a)in paragraph (2) after the word “inspector” there shall be inserted the words “or approved verifier”;

(b)in paragraph (3) after the word “passed”, in the first place where it occurs, there shall be inserted the words “by an inspector” and for the words “an inspector” there shall be substituted the words “the inspector”;

(c)after paragraph (3) there shall be inserted the following paragraphs—

(3A) An approved verifier may (subject to the provisions of this Order, to any regulations under Article 13 and to any conditions included in his approval)—

(a)test any equipment to which this Article applies by means of other equipment which has already been tested and which the verifier considers suitable for the purpose;

(b)if the equipment being tested falls within such limits of error as may be prescribed, except as otherwise expressly provided by or under this Order, stamp it with the prescribed stamp; and

(c)if the equipment being tested falls within such limits of error as may be prescribed, and by virtue of paragraph (7) is not required to be stamped as mentioned in sub-paragraph (b), make a statement in writing to the effect that it is passed fit for use for trade.

(3B) In this Order “approved verifier”, in relation to weighing or measuring equipment of any class or description, means a person who—

(a)is for the time being approved under Article 9A in relation to the testing, passing and stamping of weighing or measuring equipment of that class or description; or

(b)is for the time being approved under the corresponding provisions of the law of Great Britain in relation to the testing, passing and stamping of weighing or measuring equipment of a similar class or description.;

(d)in paragraph (4), for the words “paragraph (3)(b)(ii)” there shall be substituted the words “paragraph (3)(b) or (3A)(b)”.

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