THE National Road Fund Agency (NRFA) has collected K1.5 million from the Manyumbi and Kafulafuta toll gates on the Great North Road which became operational on January 15 under the Phase II of the National Tolling Program (NRTP II), says spokesperson Alphonsius Hamachila.
Mr Hamachila attributed this success to the transparency and accountability in the collection procedures which netted an average daily collection of K 100,000 from the two toll gates.
In a press release to the Daily Nation Mr Hamachila said: “NRFA has adopted a simple and inexpensive booth and boom technology as a temporary road tolling mechanism with the aim of increasing the revenue from road tolling at a minimum cost before construction of permanent toll plaza is completed.”
He emphasized that so far the provisions of the Tolls Act no. 14 to collect the fees had been met under the NRTP objectives set despite some start-up teething problems.
However, Mr Hamachila explained that the fees would be used to maintain the tolled roads, adding that the agency was working with other stakeholders in ensuring that the sections of the Kabwe – Kapiri Mposhi and Kapiri Mposhi – Ndola Road which were prone to accidents were widened.
“In order to ease the payment process the NRFA is developing additional payment modules such as pre- paid systems, local frequent user discounts and cash payment system,
“Already, the bulk fleet pre-payment system has commenced with some companies who operate large fleet of vehicles,” he said.
Mr Hamachila assured motorists that the toll gates programme would soon extend across the 10 provinces.
Meanwhile, Mr Hamachila reiterated that the fees ranged between K10 and K 250 and were charged according to the weight of the motor vehicle.
He also stated that the Tolls Act no.14 of 2013 exempted the Republican President’s and Vice President’s motorcades, the authorized emergency vehicles , fire department , military and police vehicles, public or private ambulances , emergency response vehicles and those carrying blood or tissue banks from paying fees.