21 May 2014

East Africa: WMA to Instal Monitoring Devices At Service Stations

THE Weight and Measures Agency (WMA) will install monitoring devices at fuel pump stations to prevent stealing attempts by attendants as it will report and track any tampering with the pump system.

Assistant Commissioner for Weights and Measures, Principal Weights and Measures Officer, Mr Peter Masinga, told journalists during a ceremony to commemorate the World Metrology Day in Dar es Salaam, on Tuesday that the agency had started to prepare important requirements for the system.

"Though the investment in the system require large amount of cash, we have already included it in our 2014/2015 budget, to protect customers who have, most of the time, been complaining about various misconducts by petrol attendants," said Mr Masinga.

The commissioner further said that some of the fuel pump stations operators are not faithful thus the agency has plans to put special stickers for consumers to know whether the pump has been inspected or not.

The roles of WMA as stipulated under the Weights and Measures Act (Cap 340), the East African Community (EAC) Standardisation, Quality, Assurance, Metrology and Testing Act (SQMT Act 2000) and the Executive Agencies Act (Cap 245) are to protect consumers in trade, health, safety and environment in relation to weights and measures and protect society from the consequences of false measurements in public and private transactions, safety, health and environment sectors, among other things.

He said the benefits of the regulations include ensuring protection of the consumer from being sold less than they pay for; that business people use the required international measures (S1 units) used by the country.

This year, the World Metrology Day goes under the theme, "Measurements and the global energy challenge," it is commemorated with the aim to remind the general public the importance of using right weights and measurements.

The day celebrates the signatures by representatives of 17 nations of the Metre Convention on 20 May 1875. The Convention set the framework for global collaboration in the science of measurement and in its industrial, commercial and societal application.

The original aim of the convention is the worldwide uniformity of measurement, remains as important today as it was in 1875. The Director of Testing, Calibration and Packaging Services for Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS), Ms Agnes Mneney, said that population growth, poverty and poor technology are among things which led most countries in the world to face various challenges in energy sector.

"As in petrol and fuel, other kind of energy also need right weights and measurements in each stage starting from production, storage, transportation and distribution," said Ms Mneney.


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