This is a government consultation of the revising and altering of powers of Trading Standards Officers. It must be seen against the government agenda of deregulation and removing red tape.
There are some elements which I believe will have a potential influence on UKWF members and would seek your views.
I would draw your attention to the following questions in the consultation:
Q9. We must ensure that the definition is sufficient to encompass traders buying and selling illegal scales on e-bay from their homes. Any reduction in this definition may make it more difficult to take actions to prevent their sale.
Q25-29. These relate to a suggestion that the present statutory qualification for the Inspector of Weights and Measures is removed and allow local authorities to use a more flexible and general qualification that is governed by a code of practice.
The UKWF feel that it is important to maintain the present qualification at a high level, to ensure that any enforcement would be commensurate with the increasingly technical nature of the market place. There is a concern that the removal of the examination would lead to a further diminution of professional standards as local authorities seek to further reduce costs.
The other questions in this part of the consultation relates to the potential opening up of the market place in the calibration of standards. I can see some benefit in this and would seek your views. I would ask for any comments by the 1st June 2012.
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