GNBS launches Speed Guns verification service

The Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) on Wednesday, October 06, 2021 launched a new service to verify the speed guns used by Traffic Ranks of the Guyana Police Force (GPF). Using its newly acquired MultaRadar Equipment and Compact Device, the GNBS, as the National Measurement Institute, will be verifying speed guns submitted by the GPF to ensure they are delivering accurate readings.

Executive Director (ag) of the GNBS, Ms. Ramrattie Karan (right) looks on as Inspector of the GNBS’ Legal Metrology Department Keemo Fyffe explains the functions of the MultaRadar Equipment and Compact Device

During a press conference held at the South Dakota Circuit to launch the service, Executive Director (Ag) of the GNBS, Ms. Ramrattie Karan pointed out that accuracy is key when using a measuring instrument. She noted that the acquisition of the equipment followed several complaints that the Speed guns used by Police Officers on the roadways, may not be delivering accurate readings.

The ED Acting also stated that “The GNBS, with support from the Government of Guyana, will continue to identify areas for collaboration, and support stakeholders providing key measurement services to Guyanese.”

A police officer tags a car at the South Dakota Circuit during the demonstration exercise on Wednesday, October 06, 2021

The launch followed a two-day training on the Commissioning & Use of the MultaRadar Equipment and Compact Device for Inspectors of the GNBS and Ranks of the Guyana Police Force, who will be the direct, if not the sole beneficiary of this service.

The training was conducted by Solutions Architect Manager Mr. Corlan McDonald of JENOPTIK. He noted that the training included not only “a hands-on” approach to using the verification equipment but also its setting up, installation and configuration. Mr. McDonald further stated that the device is used across the world in various conditions.

Solutions Architect Manager Mr. Corlan McDonald of JENOPTIK addressing the press conference

On Wednesday, the new verification equipment was also tested at the South Dakota Circuit to verify one of the speed guns used by the GPF.

Traffic Chief, Senior Superintendent Ramesh Ashram welcomed the new service. He said the GPF is looking forward to working with the Bureau of Standards as it relates to further calibration of its current speed guns, new guns that will be acquired, along with other equipment relating to policing in Guyana. 

Traffic Chief Senior Superintendent Ramesh Ashram delivers brief remarks at the Press Conference

The GNBS, earlier this year procured a Breathalyzer Test Bench, capable of verifying a wide range of Breathalysers used by the GPF and other companies to test the alcohol levels of drivers and employees, respectively. GNBS Inspectors were trained to provide the verification services by the supplier of the breathalyser equipment and by the Measurement Institute of Argentina (INTI).

In addition, over the past two years, the Bureau has trained 239 Police Officers in the use of Speed guns and breathalysers.

The Bureau looks forward to working with the Police to ensure reliable measurements are made when administering the law.

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