Long Title

Part I PRELIMINARY

Part II UNITS AND STANDARDS OF MEASUREMENT

Part III WEIGHING AND MEASURING FOR TRADE

Part IV REGULATION OF CERTAIN TRANSACTIONS IN GOODS

Part V ADMINISTRATION

Part VI MISCELLANEOUS

FIRST SCHEDULE Definitions of units of measurement (metric units)

SECOND SCHEDULE Measures and weights (metric system)

THIRD SCHEDULE Customary weights

Legislative History

PART I
PRELIMINARY
Short title
1.  This Act may be cited as the Weights and Measures Act.
Interpretation
2.
—(1)  In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires —
“Accuracy Label” means a mark referred to in section 7(2)(ii)(B) for use as evidence of the passing of any weighing or measuring instrument as fit for use for trade;
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“Authorised Verifier” means any person appointed by the Board under section 29A;
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“Board” means the Standards, Productivity and Innovation Board established under section 3 of the Standards, Productivity and Innovation Board Act (Cap. 303A);
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“catch weight goods” means goods that —
(a)
are enclosed in a package;
(b)
cannot be portioned to a predetermined quantity because of their nature; and
(c)
are usually sold in varying quantities;
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“check-weighed”, in relation to any vehicle, means weighed with its load by means of the nearest suitable and available weighing instrument, and weighed again after it has been unloaded by means of the same or other suitable weighing instrument;
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“constructional use”, in relation to any goods, means the use of those goods in constructional work in the course of the carrying on of a business;
“container” includes any form of packaging of goods for sale as a single item, whether by way of wholly or partly enclosing the goods or by way of attaching the goods to, or winding the goods round, some other article, and in particular includes a wrapper or confining band;
“contravention”, in relation to any requirement, includes a failure to comply with that requirement, and cognate expressions shall be construed accordingly;
“Controller” means the Controller of Weights and Measures appointed under section 29 and includes any officer duly authorised by the Controller to act on his behalf;
“desiccating goods” means any goods made up in a package that lose weight or volume solely through evaporation when the package is made up;
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“drug” has the same meaning as in the Sale of Drugs Act [Cap. 282];
“food” has the same meaning as in the Sale of Food Act [Cap. 283];
“gross weight”, in relation to any goods, means the aggregate weight of the goods and any container in or on which they are made up;
“inadequate package” means a package enclosing goods that contain less than the quantity stated on the package or a label attached to the package, where the deficiency is more than twice the amount of error prescribed for the purpose of this definition;
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“indication of quantity”, in relation to any container in or on which goods are made up, means a statement in writing to the effect that those goods are of, or of not less than, a specified quantity by net weight, gross weight or other measurement or by number, as the case may require;
“industrial use”, in relation to any goods, means the use of those goods in the manufacture of, or for incorporation in, goods of a different description in the course of the carrying on of a business;
“inspector” means an inspector of weights and measures appointed under section 29;
“international definition”, in relation to any unit of measurement, means the definition of that unit recognised by the General Conferences of Weights and Measures from time to time convened by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures;
“intoxicating liquor” has the same meaning as in the Customs Act [Cap. 70];
“lot of packages” means a collection of packages enclosing goods that —
(a)
are of the same kind;
(b)
are of the same stated weight, measure or number; and
(c)
are available for inspection at the same time and place;
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“mark” includes label;
“non-standard package” means a package enclosing goods that contains less than the quantity stated on the package or a label attached to it, where the deficiency is more than the amount of error prescribed for the purpose of this definition but not more than twice that prescribed amount of error;
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“occupier”, in relation to any stall, vehicle, ship or aircraft or in relation to the use of any place for any purpose, means the person for the time being in charge of the stall, vehicle, ship or aircraft or, as the case may be, the person for the time being using that place for that purpose;
“premises”, except in section 28(3), includes any place and any stall, vehicle, ship or aircraft;
“pre-packed” means made up in advance ready for retail sale in or on a container; and on any premises where articles of any description are so made up, or are kept or stored for sale after being so made up, any article of that description found made up in or on a container shall be deemed to be pre-packed unless the contrary is proved; and it shall not be sufficient proof of the contrary to show that the container has not been marked in accordance with the requirements of this Act or any subsidiary legislation made thereunder with respect to the pre-packing of such articles;
“sale by retail” means a sale to a person buying for his own use or consumption;
“ship” includes any boat and any other description of vessel used in navigation;
“stamp” means a mark referred to in section 7(2)(ii)(A) for use as evidence of the passing of any weighing or measuring instrument as fit for use for trade;
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“supply”, in relation to a weighing or measuring instrument, includes —
(a)
selling the weighing or measuring instrument, whether by wholesale or retail or otherwise;
(b)
supplying the weighing or measuring instrument by way of exchange, lease, loan, hire or hire-purchase;
(c)
supplying the weighing or measuring instrument, whether with or without charge, by way of sample or otherwise;
(d)
offering or exposing the weighing or measuring instrument for sale or supply; and
(e)
keeping or having the weighing or measuring instrument for the purpose of selling or supplying it to someone else;
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“weighing or measuring instrument” means an instrument for measuring in terms of length, area, volume, capacity, weight or number, whether or not the instrument is constructed to give an indication of the measurement made or other information determined by reference to that measurement, and includes any article used as a weighing or measuring instrument.
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(2)  Except where the context otherwise requires, any reference in this Act to any person, other than a reference to an Authorised Verifier or inspector, shall be construed as a reference to that person or some other person acting on his behalf in the matter in question.
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