Weights and Measures Regulations 1999

2 Interpretation

(1)

In these regulations, unless the context otherwise requires,—

absolute value of maximum permissible error means the value of the maximum permissible error regardless of whether that value is positive or negative

analogue indicator means an indicator that allows the visual evaluation of the result of a measurement to a fraction of the scale interval

approved means approved by the Secretary

automatic weighing machine means a weighing instrument in which self-acting machinery automatically loads the goods to be weighed and that automatically weighs those goods

beer delivery measure means a tank or tanks mounted on a vehicle and used as a beer delivery measure

belt weigher means a weighing instrument of the belt conveyor type

capacity means,—

(a)

in relation to a weighing instrument (other than a belt weigher), the maximum load the instrument is constructed to weigh:

(b)

in relation to a belt weigher, the weight measured per hour or per cycle

certificate of approval number, in relation to a weight, measure, or weighing or measuring instrument, means the number given to the certificate of approval issued under regulation 5 for that type of weight, measure, or weighing or measuring instrument

correct, in relation to a weight, measure, or weighing or measuring instrument, means correct within the limits of maximum error permitted by these regulations for that weight, measure, or weighing or measuring instrument

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

direct mass flow measuring instrument means an instrument that measures the mass of liquids that are flowing in closed pipes

discrimination, in relation to a weighing instrument, means the quality that characterises the ability of an instrument to react to small variations of load

error, in relation to a weighing or measuring instrument, includes deficiency in sensitivity

fixed liquid fuel measuring instrument means an instrument that dispenses a measured amount of liquid fuel and that is permanently fixed in the position in which it is to be used

gas separator, in relation to a liquid measuring instrument, means a device that continuously separates and eliminates gas mixed with the liquid and prevents the gas from entering the meter

hose dilation means the increase in the volume of a hose when the hose is subjected to an increase in internal pressure

index, in relation to an indicator, means that part of the indicator that is directly utilised in making a reading

length measuring instrument means an instrument that determines the length of a line, wire, cable, tape, piece of cloth, strip, sheet, or any other thing that can be measured by length

load receptor means that part of a weighing instrument on or in which the goods being weighed are placed or from which they are suspended

mark of verification means a mark of verification prescribed by regulation 14

maximum permissible error means,—

(a)

in relation to a weighing instrument, the maximum difference, either positive or negative, permitted between the result of a weighing and the equivalent, in standard weights, of the load weighed:

(b)

in relation to a measuring instrument, the maximum permissible departure from true value of measurement

milk delivery measure means a volume measure used for measuring milk in quantities exceeding 200 L

minimum delivery, in relation to a liquid measuring instrument, means the smallest delivery that can be measured without the possibility of excessive error

multidimensional measuring instrument means an instrument that either—

(a)

measures the length, width, and height of a rectangular box in order to determine the volume of that box; or

(b)

measures the length, width, and height of an object in order to determine the volume of the smallest rectangular box that may be used to enclose that object

non-automatic weighing instrument means any weighing instrument that requires the intervention of an operator during the weighing process to deposit on or remove from the load receptor the load to be weighed and also to obtain the result

O.I.M.L. means the Organisation Internationale de Metrologie Legale (the International Organisation of Legal Metrology)

personal identifier, in relation to a natural person whose name is specified in a letter of accreditation under section 30A(2) of the Act, means the personal identifier assigned to that person in accordance with regulation 19(2)

purchaser, in relation to the sale of solid fuel, includes an intending purchaser, and the representative of the purchaser or intending purchaser

requirements of these regulations includes requirements of the Act

scale interval means, in relation to a weighing or measuring instrument,—

(a)

in analogue indication, the difference between the values corresponding to 2 consecutive scale marks:

(b)

in digital indication, the difference between 2 consecutive indicated values

solid fuel means coal, coke, and any solid fuel derived from coal or of which coal or coke is a constituent

spirit dispenser means a device that allows for the dispensing of a set measurement of spirits (as described in an adopted joint food standard as defined in the Food Act 2014)

stamp,—

(a)

when used as a noun, means an impression of a mark of verification; and

(b)

when used as a verb, means to stamp with a mark of verification

verification scale interval means the scale interval used to verify a weighing instrument

zero-setting device, in relation to a weighing instrument, means a device for setting the index on that instrument to zero when there is no load on the load receptor.

(2)

A reference to a numbered table is a reference to the appropriate table in Schedule 3.

(3)

A reference to a numbered form is a reference to the appropriate form in Schedule 5.

Regulation 2(1) scale interval: substituted, on 1 April 2010, by regulation 4 of the Weights and Measures Amendment Regulations 2009 (SR 2009/377).

Regulation 2(1) spirit dispenser: amended, on 1 March 2016, by section 447 of the Food Act 2014 (2014 No 32).