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Profile: NATIONAL Roads Fund Agency yesterday started operating a number of newly installed toll gates around the Country. Here motorists wait for their turn to pay toll fees at Manyumbi toll gate in Kapiri Mposhi on Great North Road. PICTURE: CHAMBO NGUNI

NRFA collects over K100 million

THE National Road Fund Agency (NRFA) has projected to collect over K500 million from weighbridges, toll stations and ports of entry this year as the agency aspires to broaden its revenue for road maintenance.
NRFA public relations manager Alphonsius Hamachila said the agency has so far collected K109.2 million from various toll sites in the first quarter of this year.
This brings the total amount of revenue collected in the last three years to K879 million.
Mr Hamachila said of the total K109.2 million, about K96.2 million was from various ports of entry while K13.4 million was from inland tolling.
“Phase one started in November 2013 covering heavy duty vehicles and collections have been as follows 2013 – K44.43 million was collected , 2014 -K296.83 million and 2015- K428.16 million was raised,”
“In the first quarter of 2016, a total of K109.2 million was collected from weighbridges, toll stations and ports of entry bringing the total road toll collections to K879 million since November 1, 2013 when the road tolling programme was launched,”
Mr Hamachila said the revenue collections coming from the toll stations, will be ploughed back into road maintenance with a focus on tolled sections.
“[This is] as per our promise of ‘pay your toll fee for sustainable road maintenance’, road tolling is based on the user pay principle where road users pay for a service in a similar manner as they do with electricity, water or indeed mobile telephone recharge,” he said .
As pursuant to the tolls Act number 14 of 2011 the only exempted vehicles from road tolling include the President and vice president’s motorcades, military and police vehicles, public and private ambulances, emergence response vehicles and vehicles carrying blood or tissue banks.