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Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
 
 

ScalesSpecial State Testing Programs

Bureau of Weights and Measures


Many local weights and measures departments can't inspect all the devices in their jurisdictions because they lack the specialized test equipment. This includes a scale test truck for vehicle scales and test measures for LPG meters and petroleum terminal meters. In most cases the local department will not have enough use for the test equipment to justify the costs to purchase and maintain the equipment. The Bureau operates special test units that are moved around the State to perform these inspections.

Vehicle Scales

Vehicle scales are used to weigh truckloads of commodities with some trucks weighing over 100,000 lb. Every day, a great deal of commercial trade relies on the accuracy of those measurements. A typical vehicle scale test will use at least 20,000 lb of test weights to evaluate performance of the scale (usually to at least 80,000 lb, the legal highway load limit). A test truck is equipped with a crane or other apparatus to move the weights.

The Bureau's test truck is equipped with 25,000 lb of certified test weights and a certified 3,000 lb weight cart. The cart is designed to carry the 25,000 lb of weights and is used for testing the individual scale sections. A fee from $150 to $200 per scale (based on the scale capacity) is charged to recover the costs of operating the test truck.

In a cooperative program with private service companies, a local official may inspect the vehicle scale using a service company's test equipment. There are numerous private scale companies that have the proper equipment. The fees for these tests are paid to the scale service company and are generally based on a per hour rate or are covered under a service contract between the scale company and the device owner.

For information on the Vehicle Scale Inspection Program contact your scale service company or:

Local Weights and Measures Departments
or
Bureau of Weights and Measures
Poughkeepsie Regional Office
(845) 437-5151
weighlab@agriculture.ny.gov


Petroleum Terminal Meters

Petroleum terminal meters are used in wholesale transfers of gasoline, heating oil, and diesel fuels throughout the State. Millions of gallons of these products are measured every year in New York.

Large standard test measures, or provers, are used in the tests. The Bureau operates one truck mounted unit with 1,600 gallon and 800 gallon provers. A typical terminal meter test will require three or more deliveries into a prover. The tests characterize the device performance over a range of operating conditions. A fee of $200 per meter is charged to recover the costs of operating the test truck.

In a cooperative program with private service companies, a local official may inspect the terminal meter using a service company's test equipment. There are several private service companies that have the proper equipment. The fees for these tests are paid to the service company and are generally based on a per hour rate or are covered under a service contract between the service company and the device owner.

For information on the Terminal Meter Inspection Programs contact:

Local Weights and Measures Departments
or
Bureau of Weights and Measures
Syracuse Regional Office
(518) 457-3452
weighsyr@agriculture.ny.gov

LPG Meters (Liquified Petroleum Gas or Propane)

LPG or propane gas is a common heating and cooking fuel that is widely used in New York. LPG is usually delivered from truck mounted meters. These trucks operate in all parts of the State except New York City. LPG is a very flammable liquid that is only liquid at room temperature while under pressure.
A pressurized liquid measure standard, or prover, is used to test these meters. The Bureau operates three LPG test units, each with a 100 gallon prover. A typical delivery truck meter will be tested by making three or more 100 gallon deliveries into the prover. These tests characterize the device performance over a range of operating conditions. A fee from $75 to $100 per meter (based on the meter size) is charged to recover the costs of operating the test unit.
If you break a security seal applied by a weights and measures official, add a new truck, or remove a truck from service, you must report that to the appropriate authority. For trucks in Nassau or Suffolk County contact Suffolk County Weights and Measures. For trucks tested by NYS Specialists complete and submit the “Broken Seal Report” below. This report is a pdf form and can be submitted directly to our office using the submit button at the top right hand corner of the screen. If your operating system will not allow you to submit the form directly you may have to save the form to your computer and submit separately. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can download it for free.   
Broken Seal Report

For information on the LPG Meter Inspection Programs contact:

Bureau of Weights and Measures
Metrology Laboratory

(518) 457-3452
weighsyr@agriculture.ny.gov
For Trucks in Nassau or Suffolk County contact:
Suffolk County Consumer Affairs
631-853-5730
consumer.affairs@co.suffolk.ny.us


Support for State and Local Police

The Bureau conducts tests of portable scales used by State and local police in the enforcement of highway weight limits. The weight enforcement programs assure that trucks are operated safely and help prevent damage to the State's highways from overloaded vehicles. Police officers randomly weigh trucks on the highways using portable wheel-weigher scales or portable axle-weigher scales.

The Bureau operates a test facility at the State Fairgrounds in Syracuse to test and certify these scales. The test equipment includes 80,000 lb of certified test weights and a 40,000 lb force measuring test stand. The Bureau also tests scales from the private sector upon request. A fee from $50 to $100 per scale test (based on the scale capacity) is charged to recover the costs of conducting the test.

For information on the Police Scale Inspection Program contact:

Bureau of Weights and Measures
Syracuse Regional Office
(518) 457-3452
weighsyr@agriculture.ny.gov



NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets
Bureau of Weights and Measures
10B Airline Drive
Albany, New York 12235-0001
(518) 457-3146
agmweigh@agriculture.ny.gov

 

Revised 3/18/08