UNAPPROVED use of measuring instruments in business transactions in the past one year was a common violation in Zambia, Zambia Weights and Measures Agency (ZWMA) public relations officer Diana Ngula has said.
She said a number of small-scale traders have been found in violation of the Weights and Measures Act.
Ms Ngula explained that the unapproved scales were not suitable for use in trading as they did not have features that would deter traders from manipulating unsuspecting customers.
“To this effect, a number of small-scale traders have been reached out with sensitization messages on the need to be compliant with the weights and measures regulations,
“In terms of violations of the Weights and Measures Act, a number of small scale traders have been found wanting in the past one year. The common violation encountered is the use of unapproved measuring instruments,” she said.
Ms Ngula also said other violations included a petroleum transporter in Ndola who was charged for tampering with volumes of fuel on two compartments of the tanker.
She said her organisation also seized underweight loaves of bread from a bakery in Choma.
Ms Ngula said the bakery was taken to court and Choma Magistrates Court ordered that the seized loaves be disposed of by offering them for sale to the general public at a cost lower than the market value.
“Other cases involved some traders of mineral water in Lusaka who were found selling the commodity in gallons. The use of gallons labelled on liquid products is prohibitive as it is not a unit of measure used in Zambia.
“The corrective action taken on these traders was that they were ordered to re-label the containers in litres which is an acceptable units of measure understood by the general public,” she said.