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

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Part IIPrinciples of Construction and Manner of Use of Measuring Equipment for Liquid Fuel

Construction of certain equipment

3.  All measuring equipment fitted with a price to pay indicating device in digital form shall be so constructed that it cannot indicate during a measuring operation a part of a penny in the amount of the price to be paid by the buyer.

Approved patterns of construction and identification marks

4.—(1) All measuring equipment shall be made in accordance with a pattern in respect of which a certificate of approval is in force.

(2) Subject to paragraph (3), measuring equipment submitted for testing with a view to passing as fit for use for trade shall be legibly and durably marked with the number of the certificate of approval or of the notice of examination, preceded by the words “Certification No.” or “Cert. No.” or “Notice No.” or “DED Certification No.” or “DED Cert. No.” as the case may be.

(3) Paragraph (2) shall not apply to any measuring equipment which was first submitted for testing before 1st May 1982.

Arrangement of sales indicator

5.  Every individual sales indicator fitted to measuring equipment shall be so arranged that—

(a)the indicator reading is capable of being set to zero before a delivery commences; and

(b)the indicator reading cannot be advanced by any means other than by the proper operation of the equipment.

Display of information to the buyer

6.—(1) Subject to paragraphs (2) and (3), all measuring equipment which forms part of a fixed installation shall be so positioned that a buyer may readily obtain a clear unobstructed view—

(a)of all the operations carried out by any other person using the equipment to measure the liquid fuel being supplied to the buyer; and

(b)of any device on the equipment which is designed to indicate to the buyer the quantity supplied or the amount payable or that delivery is being effected.

(2) Paragraph (1) shall not apply to any equipment for use only for measuring kerosene except where the equipment is—

(a)situated on premises where petrol is sold; or

(b)used for measuring kerosene in the course of delivery into the fuel tanks of vehicles.

(3) Paragraph (1) shall not apply to any equipment normally used for the measurement of lubricants in the absence of the buyer.

(4) Any indication on measuring equipment referring in metric units of measurement to the quantity of liquid fuel supplied may be accompanied by a supplementary indication.

Manner of use for trade

7.  All measuring equipment shall be used for trade in such a manner that—

(a)every individual sales indicator shall be set to zero before a delivery commences; and

(b)every marking, notice, inscription or indication (including any pictogram) on measuring equipment referring to the method of operation or to the quantity of liquid fuel delivered shall be conspicuously, legibly and durably marked in a suitable position in plain block characters on a plain background and in distinct contrast to it.

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