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PRESS RELEASE - May 20th is World Metrology Day

 

Press Release  May 16,  2017

May 20th is World Metrology Day


The Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards (SLBS)  joins the rest of the world in the observance of World Metrology Day, on  Saturday  20th May 2017.  This year’s theme is “Measurements for transport.” 

The  SLBS, through  its  Metrology  Department,  has  made  a  number  of  significant  interventions  to  ensure  that  there  are  accurate  and reliable  measurements in the  vital  transportation sector. 

These include;

1.     The Department’s  flagship  programme  for    verification   of   gas  pumps  to  ensure  that  consumers  get  value for  money   when  liquid  petroleum  fuels  are  purchased  from  fuel  dispensers  throughout  the  island.  Indeed  a  survey, by the SLBS,  of  the  accuracy of  gas  pumps  in  1996  revealed  that  customers  did  not  get value  for  money  and  this  was  used  as  the  justification to  repeal  the  archaic  1911 Weights & Measures  Ordinance  with  a modern  Metrology  Act  in  2000.  Our  programme  for  verification of   gas  pumps  is  now  well recognized  as  one  of  the  best  in  the  CARICOM  region  and  a  model  for  other  Small Island  Developing  States.

2.     The  Bureau’s  collaboration with  the  Metrication  Board  and  Metrication  Secretariat   resulted  in  the official   retail  prices for  fuel  being   gazetted  as  maximum  retail  prices  per  litre  instead  of  the  traditional maximum retail  prices  per  gallon.

3.     The  SLBS  worked  with  the  Transportation  Division  of   the  Ministry  of  Transport  to  ensure that  speed  limit  road  signs  carry  the  speed limits  in both   kilometres  per  hour  (km/h)  and  miles per hour (mph).  This  was  in  effort  to  alert  motorists  to  the  existing  speed  limits and to  ensure  that  the  speed  limit  signs matched  the  km/h  symbols  used  on    speedometers  which  display  speeds  in metric  units only.

4.     The  SLBS has  assisted  the  Ministry  of  Transport  with  the  technical  evaluation   of  laser speed  guns  which  will  be  used   by  the  Traffic  Department  of  the  Royal  Saint  Lucia Police  Force  for  enforcing  speed  limits  on  our  roads.

The  SLBS  has  a  rigorous and effective    programme  for  gas pump  verification  but  we  urge  motorists  to  be  vigilant and  alert  when purchasing  liquid  fuels  and  to  report  any  concerns  to   the  Saint  Lucia  Bureau  of   Standards  or  the  Consumer  Affairs  Department  of  the  Ministry  of  Commerce.  

 For further information please contact Vernet Fontenelle at 453-0049/720-8756