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South Sudan’s ministerial order on vehicles operating within its borders

Nov 26, 2020(Nyamilepedia) — A ministerial order on all vehicles operating within South Sudan’s orders indicate that all vehicles should meet the minimum specifications requirements issued by the National Bureau of Standards to ensure safety, consumer and environmental requirements.

A vehicle belonging to South Sudanese spotted in East Africa(Photo credit: courtesy image/file)
A vehicle belonging to South Sudanese spotted in East Africa(Photo credit: courtesy image/file)

According to an order that was issued late last month by the Ministry of Trade and Industry but barely implemented, the ministry wants to ensure that all vehicles and minibuses comply with the National Bureau of Standards.

“The purpose of ministerial order is to regulate and make enforcement of all vehicles and minibuses must have specifications issued by the National Bureau of Standards to ensure all minibuses operating within the city and all imported minibuses and all vehicles to the republic of South Sudan have met the minimum standards specifications requirements to ensure safety, consumer and environment protection,” read part of the order. 

The order stated that all minibuses operating within the cities and all vehicles imported to the republic of South Sudan should meet the requirements of South Sudan standards No.SSDSD008-2020. 

These requirements include the number of seats should not be less than 10 and not more than 25 exclusive of the drivers seats, the window glasses should be visible, transparent and slippery type.

The order also indicate that all minibuses and all vehicles should be left hand drive, the front seats should be provided with safety belts and the passengers sliding doors should be open on the right side of the vehicles

The order continued that imported minibuses which do not meet these standard specifications will not be allowed to enter into the republic of South Sudan with effect from February, three months from the date of issue of the ministerial order

All imported minibuses and all vehicles will be required to have certificate of conformity with standards approved from the National Bureau of standards before importation.

The order urged all government regulatory agencies to adhere and enforce the ministerial order.

The ministerial order was to be effected from the 28th October 2020.

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