$1m fine for vendors, gas station operators who short-change customers
Vendors, gas station operators, shop owners and traders are among those who will be liable for fines of up to $1 million if they short-change customers who purchase goods or commodities.
This is to be made possible through amendments to the Weights and Measures Act, which was passed in the House of Representatives this afternoon.
In piloting the Bill, Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Anthony Hylton, said the legislation was being amended to regulate the use of weighing and measuring equipment.
Hylton said the government wants to protect consumers from unscrupulous providers of goods and commodities.
He also said the amendments establish mechanisms for the standardisation of weighing and measuring equipment and impose penalties.
The Industry Minister noted that the penalties under the Act are not sufficiently punitive.
Currently, breaches of the Act carries fines ranging from $100 to $2,000.
Hylton said the increased fines are expected to act as a deterrent to goods providers who want to short-change customers.
The amended Act will now go to the Senate for debate.