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Mar 14, 2011

Germany expert to measure butane providers

Rolf Weiss

Last month there was huge public outcry after it became known that gas companies were shortchanging consumers. Subsequently, the Bureau of Standards introduced the National Metrology Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Regulation 2011, which seeks to force butane companies to give consumers value for money. The regulation also requires gas companies to use scales, approved by the Bureau, at their businesses and on every delivery truck.  The Bureau has also contracted an expert in measurements from Germany.  Rolf Weiss has worked for more than fifteen years in the area of gas mixtures in Germany, where there are laws and regulations to protect consumers’ rights.  His role now, is to visit the compounds of butane providers to see what they use to measure the weight and also gas mixture.  He told us before a meeting with the butane providers this afternoon that for the remainder of this week he will be making his rounds and coming up with a list of recommendations for the Bureau of Standards.

Rolf Weiss, Metrologist, Germany

“So the reason why I’m here to look at what is going on and to give recommendations for the B.B.S. on how one can measure the relevant data, for example, the density of the liquid trace.  In Germany you have producers and the quality is monitored and everyone has the possibility to control it.  It’s filled by weight; you can the density, it’s no problem.  We visited this morning a few places and the following days we will visit more.”

Marion Ali

“And you will be checking to see what?”

Rolf Weiss

“We’ll be checking and have talks with the people and look for the situation.  I hope we will come to recommendations.”

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5 Responses for “Germany expert to measure butane providers”

  1. Earl Grey says:

    Don’t forget that THE GERMANS HAVE A LONG HISTORY WITH SOCIAL CONTROL……….

    BELIZE…………………. HAS NONE……………………. IT’S TIME BELIZE SET HIGHER STANDARDS FOR EVERYTHING…………say NO TO MEDIOCRE.

  2. MADDYVANDIJK/DEREALIST says:

    Gas companies all over Belize have been ripping their customers from the very begging of time, where customers never got what they actually paid for. But ripping off customers is it really intended, or just a lack of knowledge or resources?

    The laws and regulations to protect consumers’ rights should have always been a priority, but nevertheless standards are being set, and laws should persist.
    Finally customers will get exactly what they are paying for.

    Although small, I see some changes, and any change is good.

  3. check it out says:

    A crime was being committed here for a long time by the gas companies against the consumers of Belize, fraud, obtaining property by deception. and now these people instead of facing any penalties get to sit in a fancy hotel drink cofee and eat croissants ( by the way funded by taxpayers) and argue with a white man expert the difference between pounds and gallons. they should be in JAIL!!!

  4. WITOUT STRUGGLE THERE IS NO PROGRESS says:

    How dare they asked, What triggered the law for the use of scales. U were stealing ………..duh.

    Besides it was already in the law books that u should sell by weight…………..u cant read… We are just enforcing the law………………………Power to the people………..now we’ll get wat we pay for.

  5. javier solis says:

    i agree with all the submissions above. Time to set things straight. But unlike Zaccheus, they will not return their rotten gains to the people they have stolen. What is amazing though, they want to protest the new law! I mean, how brazen can those people get! They are telling us that they prefer to use flow meters instead of scales. Of course they do, thats how they got stinking rich from the poor. Get those scales ready, guys.

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