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Weights and Measures inspectors check timing devices at laundromats and car washes. Timing devices must meet the codes to be legal. The laws that govern these devices are based on Handbook 44*.
Inspectors verify the timing of the devices. They also make sure the in-service indicators are functional.
Inspectors also check for signage requirements on the device or at the business. Self-service facilities without a full time worker must have these items at the site:
Posting with name, address and phone number of the responsible party,
Refund mechanism instructions
Statement of rates on each device. The prominently displayed signage must state
the price (money per unit or units of time)
the number of coins that the device will accept at one time
*Handbook 44 was developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. It was approved by the National Weights and Measures Conference.
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