Trading Standards and Environmental Health

Trading Standards

The Trading Standards Institute (TSI) were previously known by many as “weights and measures”. They are normally part of the County Council in your area. Whilst the testing of scales and checking that a 25kg bag contains 25kg is still very much part of their work they are now also responsible for a whole lot more.

Examples of the matters dealt with by Trading Standards Institute can include:

‘Unroadworthy’ Vehicles
The Road Traffic Act 1988 states that it is an offence to sell, or offer for sale, an ‘unroadworthy’ vehicle. Unfortunately, the definition of ‘unroadworthy’ is not as clear and straightforward as one would like it to be. The definition of the vehicles being offered for sale, particularly on business premises, can cause substantial issues. If Trading Standards wish to speak to you about this type of matter speak to us first for expert help, we are able to re-examine the vehicle to check what is being said about its condition and obtain evidence for your defence. We are able to offer expert assistance in relation to offences in relation to the sale of motor vehicles.

Sale of Age Restricted Items
Trading Standards are very active in this area and will send “role players” into shops to make test purchases of knives and blades, alcohol and tobacco. It is very important that this type of exercise is carried out correctly. You will be asked to account for what happened in an interview under caution. We are able to offer expert assistance and advice to help you prepare for these interviews.

Environmental Health

Environmental Health is a body normally associated with your local district council or London Borough.

They are responsible for investigating and prosecuting a large range of health related offences. They are responsible for the issue of various food production licences and the inspection of premises where food is produced and premises where food is sold to the public.

Environmental Health also deal with a range of other matters including noise nuisance, meat and fish inspection, housing issues including the licensing of houses in multiple occupation (often student accommodation) and some forms of pollution (be aware that the Environment Agency can also prosecute).

The legislation is complicated; many inspection visits will take place without any significant issues being raised. However, if you are asked to engage in an interview under caution or are the subject to any form of closure order, contact us for help immediately.

We have contacts with experts that can provide expert evidence in relation to any of the matters prosecuted by Environmental Health. We can provide you with expert advice on the way forward if you face allegations in this area.

For more information on Trading Standards and Environmental Health, and to see how we can help contact our Motoring, Crime and Regulatory Law Team on 01279 755777. 

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