Trade measurement laws regulate the wholesale and retail sale of liquid fuels.
Liquid fuels include, but are not limited to:
Fuel dispensers (including each delivery hose of a multi-product fuel dispenser) are measuring instruments used for trade. Under trade measurement law, the person responsible for the use of a fuel dispenser is the person who:
A customer using a self-serve fuel dispenser is not considered to be a person in control of this instrument under trade measurement law.
If you sell liquid fuel, you must ensure that:
You are responsible for making sure your fuel dispensers are correct at all times.
We recommend that you have all your fuel dispensers checked regularly by a technician licensed by NMI (servicing licensee). For a list of servicing licensees, email email@example.com.
NMI employs trade measurement inspectors throughout Australia. We regularly inspect fuel dispensers to ensure they are measuring correctly and that sellers are following the correct procedure.
If an inspector finds that you are short-measuring your customers, you could be fined up to $222,000 per offence.
To find out more about trade measurement laws or report a suspected breach contact the trade measurement helpline:
Last updated: 8 December 2020
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