RTSA collects K324m in road fines

MORE than K324 million has been collected by the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) in road fines from January to August, says executive director Sindaba Soko

Mr Soko said the amount was higher by over K37 million from what the agency collected in the preceding period.

Speaking  at a press briefing in Lusaka yesterday Mr Soko said the agency had great potential to increase its revenue collections, improve road safety profile and contribute to national development

“From January to August 2014 alone, the agency collected a total of K324, 184, 197 on behalf of government from various road user charges,

“ During the same period in 2013, the agency collected a total of K287, 068, 382. This gives an indication of  an increase of about K37, 158,015 in terms of revenue collection from various road user charges,” he said.

He advised members of the public whose road tax expired to renew as a way of complying with the provisions of the law in regard to road user charges.

Mr Soko implored public service operators to comply with the provision of the statutory instrument and that all those found wanting would be charged accordingly.

“May I take this opportunity to announce that the public sitting to grant the 2015 road service licenses to PSV operators will begin today and end on  October 18.The sitting will be conducted in all provincial headquarters,” he said.

As part of improving service delivery and attainment of an efficient and safer road transport system, RTSA has embarked on massive infrastructure development through the construction of new offices.

Mr Soko said the aim of the agency was to ensure that it got as close as possible to the people in terms of service delivery.

He said the agency had realized that because of good policies that government has put in place, the number of vehicles in the country has also continued to increase.

He said the number of unlicensed drivers in Zambia was alarming and contributed to a lot of road traffic crashes on the roads.

“You may wish to note that the current vehicle population of Zambia is now close to 600, 000 registered motor vehicles. Therefore, as a way to ensure that we meet the growing demand for our service, we plan to establish more stations across Zambia,” he said.

Mr Soko also said RTSA had initiated the process of procuring CCTV to be installed on highways and that the process had reached an advanced stage where the agency would be inviting the expression of interest to survey the highways and map out strategic points.

He said the project would begin with T2 road between Lusaka and Kabwe under phase one.