By Nation Reporter
THE National Road Fund Agency (NRFA) has collected over K150 million from the Manyumbi and Kafulafuta toll gates in the first quarter of 2016.
NRFA spokesperson Alphonsius Hamachila said the response from motorists passing through the two toll sites which became operational on January 15, 2016, was impressive.
Mr Hamachila said the NRFA had also set K816 million as a target to be collected from toll plazas this year alone.
“NRFA has in the first quarter collected K150 million from the Kafulafuta and Manyumbi toll gates and this had been a good response from the motorists since they became operational,” he said.
Mr Hamachila further explained that the agency had released about K2 million for the maintenance of the Great North Road near Kafulafuta which was in bad state. He said successes in the collection of fees on toll plazas could be attributed to transparency and accountability in the collection procedures.
Mr Hamachila said the money collected from toll gates would be used for the maintenance of roads across the country.
“The funds generated from toll fees will go towards road construction and rehabilitation of roads across the country,” he said. NRFA in January this year commissioned two toll gates at Manyumbi and Kafulafuta in its phase two of the national road tolling programme.
Small vehicles were paying K10, mini buses K15, light trucks between K25 and K40, heavy duty trucks K60 and K80, and those carrying abnormal loads were paying K160 and K250.