Legal Document

Title: Weights and Measures Act (Amendment) 2015
Type: Act
Issuing Agency: Ministry of Justice
Responsible Agency: National Compliance and Regulatory Authority (NCRA)
Issuing Date: 27-10-2015

 Weights and Measures Act (Amendment), 2015

 

 

AN ACT to Amend the Weights and Measures Act.
[ 28th dat of October 2015]


BE IT ENACTED by The Queen’s Most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Representatives of Jamaica, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—


1. This Act may be cited as the Weights and Measures (Amendment) Act, 2015, and shall be read and construed as one with the Weights and Measures Act (hereinafter referred to as the “principal Act”) and all amendments thereto.
 

 

2. Section 22 of the principal Act is amended by deleting subsection (3) and inserting next after subsection (2) the following subsections—


“ (3) Regulations made under this Act may provide in respect of the breach of any of the provisions thereof that the offender shall be liable to a fine not exceeding one million dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding twelve months.

(3A) The Minister may, after consultation with the Bureau, vary the amount of the maximum fine specified in subsection (3), by order subject to affirmative resolution.”.

3. Section 23 of the principal Act is amended by deleting sub-section (5) and inserting next after subsection (4) the following subsection—


“ (5) A person who commits an offence under this Act shall be liable on summary conviction before a Resident Magistrate to a fine not exceeding one million dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding twelve months.”.
 

 

4. The principal Act is amended by inserting next after section 23 the following as section 23A—

 

23A.—(1) Subject to subsection (2), the Minister may, by order, vary any monetary penalties under this Act

 

(2) An order under subsection(1) shall be subject to affirmative resolution.”.

 

 

5.—     (1 ) The Weights and Measures (Prohibition of Non-Metric Measuring Equipment for Trade) Regulations, 1998, are amended by deleting regulation 4 and substituting therefor the following—

* 4. A person who contravenes regulation 2 or 3 commits an offence and is liable on conviction before a Resident Magistrate to a fine not exceeding one million dollars or to imprisonment for
a term not exceeding twelve months.”.

(2) The Weights and Measures (Testing) Regulations, 1986, are amended in regulation 6 by deleting the words “two thousand dollars” and substituting therefor the words “one million dollars”.

 

 

(3) The Weights and Measures (Measurement of Petroleum and Oil Fuel for Trade) Regulations, 2004, are amended in regulation 15 by—

(a) deleting the figure “(1)” appearing before the words “Any person”;

(b) deleting the words “Two Thousand dollars ($2,000.00)” and substituting therefor the words “one million dollars”.

Passed in the House ofRepresentatives this 8th day of September, 2015.


MICHAEL A. PEART
Speaker.


Passed in the Senate this 25th day of September, 2015 with two (2) amendments.


FLOYD E. MORRIS
President.


On the 29th day of September, 2015 the House ofRepresentatives agreed to the amendments made by the Senate.


ANDRE HYLTON
Acting Speaker.


 

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