To be published in the Gazette of India Extra ordinary, Part II section 3, sub-section (i) dated ………….]
Government of India
Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
Department of Consumer Affairs
New Delhi, the 5th, April, 2004
GSR 253(E)– In exercise of the powers conferred by section 83 of the Standards of Weights and Measures Act, 1976 (60 of 1976), the Central Government hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Standards of Weights and Measures (General) Rules, 1987, namely:-
1. (1) These rules may be called the Standards of Weights and Measures (General) Amendment Rules, 2004.
(2) It shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.
2. In the Standards of Weights and Measures (General) Rules, 1987, for Parts VI and VII of the Sixth Schedule, the following shall be substituted, namely:-
“PART VI – FABRIC OR PLASTIC TAPE MEASURE
(a) This part deals with fabric or plastic tape measures, which are used for
measurements where the use of rigid length measures is not convenient or practicable.
(b) Tape measures of 0.5 m to 5 m, made of materials specified in sub-clause (b)
of clause 4, are intended to be used for, measurements required in the tailoring trade, anatomical measurements or household measurements. Tape measures of 5 m and above made of materials specified in sub-clause (c) of clause 4 are intended to be used for measurements of buildings, roads, timber and timber products and for other similar measurements but not for measurements of land, storage tanks, fermentation vats and other similar measurements.
CLASSES OF ACCURACY
Fabric or plastic tape measure shall be divided into three classes of accuracy,
namely, Class I, Class II and Class III, in accordance with their accuracy.
(a) Fabric or plastic tape measures shall be made in nominal lengths of 0.5 m, 1m,
1.5 m, 2 m, 3m, 4m, 5m or multiples of 5 metres, provided that the maximum
nominal length shall not exceed 100 metres.
NOTE: The nominal length of a fabric or plastic tape measure is the distance at the reference temperature of 20°C between the initial and terminal graduation lines, when the tape measure is stretched, in the wet or dry condition, and without friction, on a horizontal plane surface, under a extension of 20 Newtons. The length so measured shall be equal, within the limits of maximum permissible errors, to the nominal length of the tape measure.
(a) The materials used shall be adequately strong, stable and resistant to
atmospheric conditions under the normal conditions of use and shall comply with
the following requirements:
(i)When ordinarily used at temperatures between ±8°C of the reference
temperature, the variation in length of the tape measure shall not exceed the
maximum permissible error;
(ii)When used with a change of ±10 per cent in the tension, the variation in length
of the tape measure shall not exceed the maximum permissible error.
(b) Tape measures of nominal length 0.5m to 5m:
(i) The tape measure may be made from a suitable fabric or plastic material.
(ii) The fabric shall be coated with suitable paints, enamels or other suitable
coating so as to give the tape measure a good finish. All coatings shall be non-
cracking and water resistant.
(c) Tape measure of nominal length above 5 m:
(i) If made from fabrics, the fabric may be reinforced length-wise with rust-proof
and rigid wires of metal or other equivalent material.
(ii) If made from plastic materials, the tape measure shall be reinforced length-
wise by means of rust-proof and rigid wires of metal or glass fiber.
If made from any other material, the tape measure shall satisfy the conditions
specified in sub-clause (a) of clause 4.
(i) Tape measures shall be well-made, robust and carefully finished.
(ii) The cross section of the tape measures shall have such dimensions and shape
that, under normal conditions of use it allows the tape measure to have the
accuracy specified for its class.
(iii)Tape measures shall be so made that when they are stretched over a plane
surface their edges are practically straight and parallel.
(iv)The rings, winding, devices or other devices shall be attached to the tape in
such a manner that they do not cause any inaccuracy or permanent deformation in
(b) Tape measures of nominal length 0.5m to 5m:
(i)Tape measures of nominal length 0.5m to 5m shall have a width of not less than
5mm and not more than 25 mm.
(ii)If not wound on a spool or in a case, both the ends of the tape measure shall be
reinforced with plastic or metal strips, of the same width as the tape measure, over
a length of not less than 10mm or more than 100 mm.
(iii)If wound on a spool or in a case, the tape measure shall have a metal ring or
other device securely attached to the outer end of the tape measure. A device for
retraction or winding of the tape shall be provided.
(c) Tape measure so nominal length above 5 m:
(i) The tape measures shall have a width of not less than 10mm and a thickness
between 0.3 and 0.6 mm.
(ii) A metal ring shall be securely attached to the outer end of each tape measure.
The ring shall be securely fastened to the tape measure by a metal strip of the same
width as the tape.
(iii)The outer end of the tape measure shall be reinforced over a length of not less
than 100 mm by a strip of leather or other suitable material of the same width as the
tape measure. The strip shall pass round the inner end of the ring and under the
NOTE: This strip, besides serving as a protective device shall also be utilised for
affixing the stamp of verification.
(iv)The tape measure shall be rolled into a suitable container or wound on a winding device, made of metal, plastic, leather or other suitable material.