ARTHUR MWANSA, Lusaka
NATIONAL Road Fund Agency (NRFA) finance manager Micah Chola says the agency is projecting to raise about K700 million annually from all the toll plazas that have been commissioned countrywide.
And Ms Chola says about 50 toll plazas are expected be built countrywide before the end of this year.
She said this yesterday when she featured on Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation television programme dubbed Morning Live.
“We are envisaging to raise about K700 million from all the commissioned toll plazas, this is the money we expect to contribute to the road sector budget annually,” Ms Chola said.
She said all the funds raised from toll gates are injected back into the maintenance of roads in the country.
“I can assure you that we have been receiving this money from the Ministry of Finance. As these funds are coming back to NRFA,we are ploughing it back into the maintenance of our roads, we are 100 percent in terms of funding from the tolls,” Ms Chola said.
Ms Chola also said only vehicles such as those in the presidential motorcade, ambulances, fire fighting and Bank of Zambia cash transit vehicles are exempted from paying tolls.
She said all the tolls are determined by Statutory Instrument (SI) number 85 of 2016.
The SI allows motorists with small vehicles to only pay K2 for single passage or K50 for the whole month, while motorists with light vehicles pay K15 for single access or K450 for the whole month.
Ms Chola also urged road users who want to be considered for discounts as they reside within the 10 kilometre radius of toll plazas to fill in an authentication form in which they will be required to attach copies of utility bills such as water, electricity or land rates and prove vehicle ownership by attaching a copy of the white book.