Weights and Measures Act 1987

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  • This version was replaced on 26 April 2017 to make a correction to section 40(1) under section 25(1)(c) and (j)(iv) of the Legislation Act 2012.
32 Offences

Every person commits an offence who—

(a)

not being an Inspector or trainee Inspector, pretends to be an Inspector or trainee Inspector; or

(aa)

not being an accredited person, pretends to be an accredited person; or

(b)

refuses to allow any Inspector to exercise or prevents an Inspector from exercising any of that Inspector’s powers under this Act; or

(c)

obstructs or without reasonable excuse delays any Inspector in the exercise or attempted exercise of that Inspector’s powers under this Act; or

(d)

without lawful excuse fails or refuses to comply with any requirement of an Inspector under this Act; or

(e)

forges or counterfeits any stamp or mark used for the stamping or marking of any weight, measure, or weighing or measuring instrument under this Act; or

(f)

not being an Inspector or a trainee Inspector or an accredited person,—

(i)

has in that person’s possession any stamp or mark, or anything that purports to be a stamp or mark, used for the stamping or marking of weights, measures, or weighing or measuring instruments under this Act; or

(ii)

makes on any weight, measure, or weighing or measuring instrument any impression purporting to be the impression of any stamp or mark used for the stamping or marking of weights, measures, or weighing or measuring instruments under this Act; or

(fa)

being an accredited person, except as permitted by or under this Act, stamps with a mark of verification, or issues a certificate of accuracy in respect of, any weight, measure, or weighing or measuring instrument; or

(g)

except as permitted by or under this Act, alters, defaces, or obliterates any stamp or mark lawfully impressed on any weight, measure, or weighing or measuring instrument under this Act; or

(h)

alters or tampers with any stamped or marked weight, measure, or weighing or measuring instrument so as to cause it to weigh or measure falsely or unjustly; or

(i)

uses, sells, or offers or exposes for sale any weight, measure, or weighing or measuring instrument that—

(i)

contains any forged or unauthorised mark or stamp; or

(ii)

has been altered or tampered with after it has been stamped or marked under this Act; or

(j)

for the purposes of use for trade, makes or sells any weight, measure, or weighing or measuring instrument that is incorrect or that does not comply with this Act or with any regulations made under this Act; or

(k)

without lawful excuse increases or diminishes any stamped weight or measure, or uses, sells, or offers or exposes for sale any stamped weight or measure that has been increased or diminished; or

(l)

inserts in any weight, measure, or weighing or measuring instrument any stamp or mark that has been removed from any other weight, measure, or weighing or measuring instrument.

Compare: 1925 No 26 s 33(1); 1968 No 118 s 2; 1981 No 25 s 61(1)(a)–(c)

Section 32(aa): inserted, on 1 July 1991, by section 14(1) of the Weights and Measures Amendment Act 1991 (1991 No 9).

Section 32(f): amended, on 1 July 1991, by section 14(2) of the Weights and Measures Amendment Act 1991 (1991 No 9).

Section 32(fa): inserted, on 1 July 1991, by section 14(3) of the Weights and Measures Amendment Act 1991 (1991 No 9).