Government to publish guidelines for trading standards on beer flow monitoring equipment

By | April 17, 2012

Brulines and any other beer monitoring equipment under scrutiny

Or is it the end of Brulines?

Government to publish guidelines for trading standards on beer flow monitoring equipment

At long last Beer Flow Monitoring equipment is set to come under renewed scrutiny as the Government publishes new guidelines for trading standards in mid-April.

The controversial equipment, often nicknamed the ‘spy in the cellar’, will be the focus of guidance that is being compiled by the National Measurement Office (NMO) in conjunction with the Local Government Metrology Group. The guidance will focus on “what could constitute false or unjust equipment”.

The move comes after ex-BIS minister Ed Davey confirmed to the Business Innovation & Skills Committee last December that theequipment is covered by the Weights & Measures Act if used to fine licensees for buying outside the tie.

Davey told the committee: “I am told now, in general, that when it is used, not just to monitor, but to actually go ahead and fine someone, the act of the fine, in general, means it is in use for trade.”

GMB, the union, then called on the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills to issue guidance to local trading standards officers , detailing how to apply weights and measures legislation to equipment such as Brulines when this is used to fine tenants.

A spokeswoman for the NMO said: “The guidance is in the process of being published and will be for any beer and cider flow monitoring equipment, not just Brulines. Brulines is currently not covered by weights and measures legislation.

“We can’t shed any more light on what false or unjust equipment will mean as the guidance is still being compiled.”

Extract from the PMA

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