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Measuring Equipment (Liquid Fuel and Lubricants) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998

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Part IGeneral

Citation, commencement, interpretation and revocation

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Measuring Equipment (Liquid Fuel and Lubricants) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998 and shall come into operation on 20th April 1998.

(2) In these Regulations—

“certificate of approval” means a certificate of approval of a pattern of measuring equipment granted or renewed by the Department under Article 10 of the Order or any instrument having effect under Article 11(5) of the Order as if it were a certificate of approval so granted on 4th April 1979 or a certificate of approval of a pattern of measuring equipment deemed under Article 10(8) of the Order to have been granted and published under the provisions of Article 10;

“digital” means capable of assigning only certain discrete values or positions within a continuous range by a series of discontinuous steps;

“liquid fuel” includes liquid fuel, lubricants and any mixture of liquid fuel and lubricants;

“measuring equipment” means any equipment for measuring volume other than a capacity measure (“the main equipment”) and includes in each case so far as it constitutes measuring equipment for the purposes of the Order, ancillary equipment associated with the main equipment and other equipment physically or otherwise connected to the main equipment whether or not such equipment has been so connected to ensure correct measurement or is intended to facilitate the operation of the main or any ancillary equipment;

“minimum delivery” means the smallest quantity of liquid fuel which the measuring equipment is designed to measure;

“notice of examination” means a notice caused to be published by the Secretary of State giving particulars of a pattern in respect of which a certificate of approval has been granted;

“the Order” means the Weights and Measures (Northern Ireland) Order 1981;

“prescribed limits of error” has the meaning set out in regulation 15;

“the stamp” means the stamp prescribed by the Weights and Measures (Prescribed Stamp) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1969(1); and

“test liquid” shall be construed in accordance with regulation 8.

(3) The abbreviations of units of measurement used refer to the relevant units as follows—

litreL
millilitremL
millimetremm
millipascal secondmPa.s.

(4) The Measuring Equipment (Liquid Fuel and Lubricants) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1989(2) are hereby revoked.

Application of Regulations and prescription of equipment

2.—(1) Subject to paragraph (2), these Regulations shall apply to all measuring equipment for use for trade in the making of any measurement of liquid fuel in a quantity not exceeding 100 L, other than equipment for use for trade in the making of any measurement of liquefied petroleum gas; and measuring equipment to which these Regulations apply is hereby prescribed for the purposes of Article 9(1) of the Order.

(2) These Regulations shall not apply to any measuring equipment for use for the measurement by capacity of liquid fuel in a quantity not exceeding 100 L which, in accordance with a programme of automatic control and without the intervention of an operator during the measuring process, measures quantities of liquid fuel to a constant nominal capacity, the quantities being kept separate.

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