Legislation and enforcement

Trading Standards enforce a wide range of consumer/trade related legislation, for example the Weights and Measures Act 1985, the Consumer Protection Act 1987, the Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and the Consumer Credit Act 1974. The legislation involved is made up of numerous major Acts of Parliament and hundreds of regulations affecting almost all businesses to a greater or lesser extent.

Fair Trading & Pricing

  • Bogus degrees - fake degrees & qualifications
  • Consumer Credit - licensing, agreements, advertising
  • Counterfeits & Trade Marks - copyright, fakes & copies
  • Distance Selling and E-Commerce - online businesses & mail order
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution for Consumer Disputes (Competent Authorities and Information) Regulations 2015 - alternative dispute resolution schemes
  • Fair trading & the Enterprise Act - no refund notices, enforcement orders.
  • Textiles and footwear labelling
  • Hallmarking - marking of precious metals, display of notices
  • Package Travel and Holidays - advertising, brochures, contracts & pricing
  • Pricing - general pricing of goods & services, menu pricing
  • Timeshare - contracts, cancellation
  • Unfair trading - misleading statements & omissions, descriptions of goods & services, aggressive sales techniques
  • Videos & DVDs - classification (15, 18 etc.), labelling

Licensing & Registration

Petrol & Petroleum Products

  • Licensing, storage & dispensing of petrol including farms & estates. Liquid Petroleum Gas at filling stations.
  • Plastic containers & carrying petrol safely

Safety

  • General Product Safety - safety & labelling of consumer goods, CE marking

Underage Sales

  • Age Restricted Products - tobacco, fireworks, lottery, butane gas, spray paints, videos

Weights & Measures

  • Equipment used for weighing and measuring - 'optics', weighing machines, petrol pumps, public weighbridges
  • Short Measures Marking & labelling, average weight

Miscellaneous

  • Cancellation of Contracts
  • Televisions & Telecommunications Equipment
  • Green legislation - energy conservation, pollution and waste

Contact details

Trading Standards

Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH1 5GD
Tel 01738 476476