PRSICILLA MWILA, Lusaka
THE Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) has given a 14-day grace period in which motorists should acquire road tax and
road service licences for the third quarter of this year.
RTSA head of public relations Fredrick Mubanga said all motorists and public service vehicle operators have been given an extended period up to July 14, 2017 to pay for the licences.
The initial deadline for payment of motor vehicle and trailer licences as well as road service licences for the second quarter of 2017 elapsed yesterday.
Mr Mubanga said in a statement yesterday that there will be no enforcement of the validity of road tax and other licences by RTSA and the Zambia Police Service until the grace period expires.
“The agency is providing this grace period to accommodate the licensing needs of all motorists in view of the roll-out of RTSA’s new E- ZAMTIS to outsourced partners, Zambia Postal Services and Zambia State Insurance Corporation, as well as exploring other avenues for payment of road tax,” he said.
Mr Mubanga said so far, 10 out of the 55 outsourced partners have been connected and that the roll-out of the system will be completed soon.
He said the extension does not include certificate of fitness and the test certificates because the two relate to road worthiness and safety of the vehicle.
Mr Mubanga urged motorists to renew and pay for motor vehicle and trailer licences in accordance with the provisions of the Road Traffic Act No. 11 of 2002.
He urged members of the public to utilise the extension to comply with the law.
And a check by the Daily Mail at the main post office in Lusaka yesterday found a meandering queue of motorists trying to pay road tax at the last minute.
Motorists found on the queue welcomed the 14-day grace period.
“I am happy to hear that RTSA has extended the period for us to pay road tax. I have been looking for money, that’s why I could not pay early,” said Stephen Zokela, a Chilenje resident.
And Ruth Phiri, another motorist who was in the queue for over seven hours, appealed to RTSA to expedite the roll-out of the E- ZAMTIS system to improve efficiency in payment of road tax.