The Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS) celebrated the World Metrology Day on Friday under theme was ‘Measurement for Transports’, in which they alerted locals about the importance of measurements. BOBS Director Commercial Enterprises, Keeper Morgan, said people should understand the role they play in measurements. He said the International Bureau of Weight and Measurements is key in working with national metrology institutes to deal with issues around measurements. “The International Organisation for Legal Metrology regulates regulators around the globe on the basis of practice in regard to manufacturers and others to ensure that they adopt measurements that are in compliance,” he said. He said they continue to deal with measurements by controlling measurements of all modes of transport from bicycles to flights. He said it is important to know the emissions of each kind of transport, the fuel they use and each and every aspect of them. According to Morgan, good areas of research are very important in enhancing the efficiency of all those services. BOBS Marketing and Communications Manager Peter Mpete said as BOBS they will continue with their primary objective of formulating Botswana standards and coordinating quality assurance activities in Botswana to improve the quality of life of the citizens of Botswana. “We offer technical services in the areas of standardisation, testing of goods, certification of products, industrial and trade metrology, quality management systems, environmental management systems and information training,” he said, adding that as a multi organisation they serve different purposes of importance in the country like training, certifications and laboratory services. He said they have strategic partnerships with different organisations in order to achieve their mandate, both local and international. Tebogo Kajane – BOBS’ Manager for Laboratory Services and Industrial Metrology – said that it is important that each and every sector take their measurements seriously be it those that deals with cars and the police who deals with measurements like that of breathalyzers and many others. “Many people take these things lightly. You will find someone just replacing the wheels of a car without calculating the velocity of the car, capacity of the engine and all other areas. That is why some people end up having accidents because of alterations that they did without putting into consideration the accuracy that engineers put in when they finalised what kind of wheel is needed for a certain car,” he said.