ESTHER MSETEKA, Lusaka
THE National Road Fund Agency (NRFA) anticipates to exceed the targeted K500 million this year from toll plazas, ports of entry and weighbridges due to the completion of more tolling infrastructure and adjustments in fees.
This is against last year’s collection of K465 million, NRFA public relations manager Alphonsius Hamachila said in an interview on Tuesday.
So far, the agency has collected about K136 million from January to March 2017.
Mr Hamachila said the construction of toll gates has been instrumental in creating a stable and sufficient flow of money dedicated to the maintenance of roads in the country.
“We are optimistic that the agency will this year collect over K500 million… from inland, ports of entry and weighbridges. We are attributing the increase in our projection to the adjustments in the fees and new tolling infrastructure being commissioned,” he said.
Early this year, tolling fees were increased by a 100 percent with small vehicles paying K20 from K10, minibuses K40 from K20, big buses and light trucks will pay K50 from K25, while heavy trucks are now paying K80 from K40 and abnormal load vehicles K500 from K250.
“Between 2013 and 2015, the agency collected K770 million while last year we managed to raise K465 million with the total being over K1.2 million,” he said.
Mr Hamachila said the agency will continue to mobilise enough resources to enable NRFA provide quality services to effectively contribute to economic growth and also benefit the local people.