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Operation of a public scale: display


Anyone who uses a public scale has:

  • mark the public weighing instrument with an externally affixed plate with the clearly legible inscription:
    • 'Public scales, weighing range of ... kg to ... kg";
    • the word "weighing instrument" may be accompanied by references to the nature of the instrument, its intended use or its holder;
  • notify the competent authority immediately of the commencement and cessation of operation of a public weighing instrument.

When weighing, anyone using a public weighing instrument must ensure that:

  • these are carried out conscientiously and impartially, and
  • they are refused if the user of the public scale, the operating personnel carrying out the weighing or one of their relatives within the meaning of Section 383(1)(1) to (3) of the Code of Civil Procedure (ZPO) have a direct interest in the weighing result.

Anyone who uses a public weighing instrument must ensure that the weighing result is certified by the signature of the person who determined it himself.

The following information must appear on the certificate:

  • an indication that it is a public consideration,
  • the place and date of weighing,
  • the person responsible for the weighing,
  • the type of material to be weighed,
  • in the case of the weighing of motor vehicles or trailers, the registration plate,
  • in the case of an automatic weighing instrument equipped with a counter,
    • the status of the counter before and after public weighing, and
    • the determined weighing result.

Any person using a public weighing instrument must keep the records of certified public weighing for a period of two years from the date of termination of the weighing.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the operating offices of the Landesbetrieb Mess- und Eichwesen Niedersachsen (MEN).

The MEN itself has the nationwide existing tasks. It is subject to the legal and technical supervision of the Lower Saxony Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport.

This procedure can also be carried out through a "Point of Single Contact". The "Point of Single Contact" is a special service offered by municipalities and the state for service providers.

Which documents are required?

No documents are required.

What are the fees?

There are no fees.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

There are no deadlines to be observed.

Processing duration

Processing Time: 1 Month

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)