National Standards for Motorcycles Underway

Chemicals, Stationery TCs prepare chemicals and paper standards

Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) is finalizing two Tanzania standards on motorcycles.

The Automotive Components Technical Committee met on 25th June, 2009 to deliberate on two draft standards for three-wheeled and two-wheeled motorcycles. The committee agreed to forward the draft standards to the Mechanical Engineering Divisional Standards Committee for further consideration.

The Head of the Mechanical Engineering Standards Section, Mr. Cunbeth Kapilima said after the meeting that the standards cover safety related performance characteristics for three-wheeled and two-wheeled motorcycles.

He said the standard for three-wheeled motorcycles covers motorcycles with unladen weight not exceeding 1000 kg or carrying goods of maximum payload of 1500 kg and motorcycles fixed with sidecars, while the standard for two-wheeled motorcycles covers mopeds as motorcycles without considering sidecars.

Meanwhile, the Industrial and Laboratory Chemicals Technical Committee convened on the same day and deliberated on seven draft Tanzania standards for various industrial chemicals including soapstone chalk, sodium silicate, sodium hydroxide and arsenic.

On 26th June, 2009, the Stationery and Paper Products Technical Committee convened and considered nine draft Tanzania standards for Kraft liner, Kraft paper, newsprint, paper and board, envelopes and other paper-related products.

On 29th June, 2009, the Industrial and Laboratory Chemicals Technical Committee convened and deliberated on six draft Tanzania standards for edible salt, distilled water, sodium hydroxide for industrial use and sampling of chemical products for industrial use.

On 30th June, 2009, the Stationery and Paper Product Technical Committee convened and deliberated on nine draft Tanzania standards for fountain pens, facial tissue, ball-point pens, paper, board, pulp, forms and other paper related products.

The Head of the Chemicals Standards Section under which the Industrial and Laboratory Chemicals Technical Committee and the Stationery and Paper Products Technical Committee fall, Ms Beatrice Kunsindah said the two groups of standards will now be tabled before the Chemicals Divisional Standards Committee and the Executive Council for consideration.