The Weights and Measure Agency (WMA) has given a six-month ultimatum to owners of petrol stations countrywide who still using old oil pumps to remove them so as to avoid cheating and improve efficiency.
Pumps which are supposed to be removed are those which do not show price and quantity of fuel sold to customers.
A press statement issued by the agency in Dar es Salaam yesterday, said such pumps are not suitable for oil dispensation since they cheat customers.
“We urge all owners of petrol stations who have not yet installed new pumps to indicate price and quantity of fuel to do so before the deadline which is August 31, this year,” the statement said.
It added that stern measures will be taken against those who will defy the order including closing their ventures.
According to the Weights Act, Section 340 and its Amendment of 2002 as it reads in respect to Sub Section 140 the use of pumps that do not indicate price to customers is a criminal offence.
The agency urged members of public to cooperate with its officers in identifying the defaulters.
It vowed to continue to remind the public that only pumps approved by the agency should be used.
The agency instructs all the owners of the filling stations in the county to follow what the law stipulates instead of waiting for the agency to find them and take legal measures.
WMA is a law enforcement body that ensures that all traders in weights and measures comply with the requirements of the Weights and Measures Act in order to protect consumers against malpractices.
Thus the mandate of WMA is to verify and re-verify all weights, measures, weighing or measuring instruments used or intended to be used for trade on Tanzania Mainland.
The roles of WMA as stipulated under the Weights and Measures Act (Cap 340), the East African Community Standardization, 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.