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FILE: ROAD Transport and Safety Agency director Zindaba Soko (left) flanked by his media officer Frederick Mubanga during a press briefing in Lusaka recently. PICTURE: CHANDA MWENYA.

RTSA extends tax payment deadline

THE Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) has further extended for 14 days  the grace period  in which motorists will be required to pay road tax, road service licences and  display insurance discs.
The grace period, which was scheduled to end on February 1, 2016, will now expire on February 14, 2016.
RTSA chief executive officer Zindaba Soko told a media briefing yesterday that the extension of the grace period has been necessitated to allow Government to finalise the revocation of the Statutory Instrument (SI) Number 41 of 2015 on the road user fines and fees.
And RTSA says it will launch a new system called the electronic Zambia Transport Information System (e-ZAMTIS) within the first quarter of this year.
Mr Soko said e-ZAMTIS will ensure that the RTSA business processes and extended business functions will be turned into an online service.
Mr Soko said the e-ZAMTIS has many advantages over the current system.
“The e-ZAMTIS will operate as a decentralised system enabling services to be accessed quicker by members of the public in their respective districts and provinces,” he said.
Mr Soko said some of the services that the e-ZAMTIS will offer include the printing of driver’s licences in all the provinces thereby enabling members of the public to access the service quicker.
He also said the services will also be interfaced with different e-payment methods like mobile money and other e-payment methods.
Mr Soko said the e-ZAMTIS will be used as a tool to enhance productivity and effective administration of road transport in the country.