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Brexit Information

Notice to Stakeholders Withdrawal of the United Kingdom and EU Rules in the Field of Industrial Products

The United Kingdom submitted on 29 March 2017 the notification of its intention to withdraw from the Union pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. This means that, unless a ratified withdrawal agreement establishes another date, all Union primary and secondary law will cease to apply to the United Kingdom from 30 March 2019, 00:00h (CET) ('the withdrawal date'). The United Kingdom will then become a 'third country'.

Preparing for the withdrawal is not just a matter for EU and national authorities but also for private parties. In view of the considerable uncertainties, in particular concerning the content of a possible withdrawal agreement, all interested parties, and especially economic operators, are reminded of legal repercussions, which need to be considered when the United Kingdom becomes a third country.

Subject to any transitional arrangement that may be contained in a possible withdrawal agreement, as of the withdrawal date, the EU rules in the field of non-food and non-agricultural products, whether for use by consumers or professionals (hereinafter referred to as "Union product legislation"), no longer apply to the United Kingdom. This has, in particular, the consequences presented below for products placed on the EU-27 market.

1. Consequences for the Identification of Economic Operators

According to Union product legislation, the importer is the economic operator established in the Union who places a product from a third country on the Union market. As from the withdrawal date, a manufacturer or importer established in the United Kingdom will no longer be considered as an economic operator established in the Union. As a consequence, an economic operator established in the EU-27 who, prior to the withdrawal date, was considered as an EU distributor will become an importer for the purposes of Union product legislation in relation to products from a third country that this economic operator places on the EU-27 market as from the withdrawal date. This operator will have to comply with the specific obligations relevant to an importer, which are different from those of a distributor.

Currently, Union product legislation does not generally oblige the manufacturer to designate an authorised representative. However, if the manufacturer chooses to do so, the applicable legislation requires the authorised representative to be established in the Union. In addition, specific Union legislation does provide for the obligation to have an authorised representative. Authorised representatives or responsible persons established in the United Kingdom will not, as from the withdrawal date, be recognised as authorised representatives or responsible persons for the purposes of the applicable Union product legislation. Therefore, manufacturers are advised to take the necessary steps to ensure that, as from the withdrawal date, their designated authorised representatives or responsible persons are established in the EU-27.

2. Consequences for the Identification of Economic Operators

In some product areas, Union legislation requires the intervention of a qualified third party, known as Notified Body, in the conformity assessment procedure. Union product legislation requires Notified Bodies to be established in a Member State and be designated by a Member State notifying authority for performing the conformity assessment tasks set out in the relevant act of Union product legislation. Therefore, as from the withdrawal date, UK Notified Bodies will lose their status as EU Notified Bodies and will be removed from the Commission's information system on notified organisations (NANDO database). As such, UK bodies will not be in a position to perform conformity assessment tasks pursuant to Union product legislation as from the withdrawal date.

When the applicable conformity assessment procedure requires or provides for the possibility of third party intervention, a certificate delivered by a body recognised as an EU Notified Body at the time of the placing of that product on the market will be required for products placed on the market as from the withdrawal date.

Economic operators are advised to take the necessary steps to ensure that, where the applicable conformity assessment procedures require the intervention of a Notified Body, they will hold certificates issued by an EU-27 Notified Body to demonstrate compliance for their products placed on the market as from the withdrawal date.

Where economic operators hold certificates issued by a UK Notified Body prior to the withdrawal date and plan to continue placing the product concerned on the EU-27 market as from the withdrawal date, they are advised to consider either applying for a new certificate issued by an EU-27 Notified Body or arranging for a transfer.

Taxi Metre Programme Update

The Maximum Taxi Fare changed on 01 February 2018.

  • All taximeters must be programmed (calibrated) AND sealed (verified) with the new fare in order to operate from 01 February 2018.

Calibration is completed by a private taximeter installer of your choice.  Verification is completed by NSAI Legal Metrology through its contractor Applus.  It is the responsibility of the taxi operator to arrange for both calibration and verification in good time.

In circumstances where this is not possible, the taxi may not be operated unless formal evidence from Applus of a verification appointment is provided on the spot by the driver to An Garda Síochána, NTA Compliance Officers or Legal Metrology Inspectors.

Operating with a taximeter not appropriately calibrated and verified will attract an NTA fine of €60 up to €250 depending on the circumstances and/or prosecution under the Metrology Act.

Contact Applus on 01 413 5951 to book a taximeter verification appointment.

The Taximeter Program Update list shows which taximeters can operate with dual programs that will allow you to get your taximeter updated with the 2018 fare now.

Note: For some taximeters there is more than one program/installer and so you should check with your installer that their individual program is Legal Metrology approved.

Once the programme is installed, Applus is the Authorised Verifier of taximeters appointed by LMS for the verification and sealing of the taximeter in the licensed taxi: they are now able to verify meters with the dual programmed 2018 fare.
Contact them on 01 413 5951 to book a taximeter verification appointment.

This list will be frequently updated as more programs are approved.

Taximeter programs approved by Legal Metrology - contact your installer…..

  • ALBEREN
  • AQUILA
  • ATA 
  • ATA Gleike
  • CYGNUS
  • DIGITAX
  • HALE
  • SEMITRON
  • TAXITRONIC 
  • VIKING ELECTRONICS 

Once the programme is installed, Applus is the Authorised Verifier of taximeters appointed by Legal Metrology for the verification and sealing of the taximeter in the licensed taxi: they are now able to verify meters with the dual programmed 2018 fare.

  • Contact Applus on 01 413 5951 to book a taximeter verification appointment.
New Test Facility : Ballymount NCT Centre

Applus Car Testing Ltd. have opened a new test facility in Ballymount for taximeter verification.
Location: Unit S1 Ballymount Ind. Est, Ballymount Drive, Dublin | GPS : 53.314963 | -6.344630

Find all locations for Applus Car Testing Services Ltd 
Contact 01 413 5951 to make an appointment to have your taximeter verified.
 

2018 Taxi Fare Increase

The Board of the National Transport Authority met on the 15th September and approved the proposed increase in the maximum taxi fare by an average of 3.22%, to take effect on 01 February 2018.

Please click this link for further details

Taxi Installer Information - 2018 Fare Increase

Section 39 (3) of the 2008 Legal Metrology Regulations states that all new tariff programs for taximeters must be verified by NSAI Legal Metrology before they can be installed in an operational taximeter. To this end, all Installers of taximeters who program or distribute programs must contact Legal Metrology at:
 
NSAI Legal Metrology
Poppintree Industrial Estate,
Ballymun, Dublin 11.
Tel: (01) 864 3848
 
Legal Metrology will commence testing of taxi programs with the 2018 fare from the 2nd October 2017.
Successfully tested programs will be released from the 16th October 2017.
 

Verification of Taximeters with 2018 Fare

The Legal Metrology Authorised Verifier, Applus Car Testing Ltd. will commence verification of taximeters capable of running the current fare and new 2018 fare from the 23rd October nationwide. Schedule your appointment early as verification slots cannot be guaranteed closer to the 1st February 2018.

Display of Pricing 

Legislation is in place that requires the use of metric units at all times. Section 4.(1) of S.I. No. 255/1992 - European Communities (Units of Measurement) Regulations, 1992, states that “The use of the units of measurement specified in Chapter 1 (set out in Schedule 1 to these Regulations) of the Annex to the Council Directive is hereby authorised and all units of measurement in the metric system shall be determined in accordance with that Chapter”. 

When displaying pricing by length or volume, metric units must be used. Imperial units may also be used, but the text used for the display of the imperial units may not be more prominent than the text used for the display of the metric units. Section 7.(1) (b) of S.I. No. 255/1992 states that “the indication expressed in an authorised unit shall predominate and a supplementary indication shall be expressed in characters no larger than those of the corresponding indication in an authorised unit”.

All pricing displays should be revised to ensure compliance with the requirements of S.I. No. 255/1992 – European Communities (Units of Measurement) Regulations. Legal Metrology Inspectors regularly conduct inspections to determine compliance with these regulations.

Need to Get in Touch?

For further queries email Legal Metrology