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The legislative mandate of the NRCS is derived from the following: The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications Act, Act no. 5 of 2008 (NRCS Act), The Legal Metrology Act, Act No. 9 of 2014 (LMA), The National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act, Act No. 103 of 1977 (NBR&BS Act) and The Public Finance Management Act, Act No. 1 of 1999 (PFMA) Other applicable legislation is the National Road Traffic Act, Act No. 93 of 1996 as well as the Food Stuff, Cosmetics and disinfectant Act 54 of 1972​

  • The compulsory specifications include requirements for
  • The approval and homologation of vehicle designs of locally manufactured and imported vehicles; 
  •  The approval and homologation of vehicle components and tires; 
  •  Approval of commercial vehicle manufacturers and importers (MIB's) for registration purposes; 
  •  The inspection and auditing of vehicle and component manufacturers to ensure ongoing compliance with standards; 
  •  The capture of data and model numbers for new vehicle models on the National Traffic Information System (NATIS);
  • The approval of and authorization for building and importing of vehicles by non-registered individuals and organizations.


Importers must apply for a LETTER OF AUTHORITY (LOA).