An­nual road toll rev­enue dou­bles in 3-years, to hit USD$85m in 2018 - con­tin­ued

Zambian Business Times - - BUSINESS REVIEW -

Chi­totela said in 2013 when the pro­gramme started from Novem­ber to De­cem­ber, K44mil­lion (about US$4.4mil­lion) was col­lected and in 2014, K297mil­lion (about US$30mil­lion) was col­lected while in 2015, K428mil­lion (about US$43mil­lion) was col­lected.

The min­is­ter said in 2016, K465mil­lion (about US$47mil­lion) was col­lected and in 2017, K668mil­lion (about US$67mil­lion) was col­lected and by June this year, a to­tal of K388mil­lion (about US$$39mil­lion) was col­lected, bring­ing a to­tal of K2.3bil­lion (about US$230mil­lion) and these funds have been chan­neled to­wards the con­struc­tion, main­te­nance and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of pub­lic roads as re­quired by law.

The min­is­ter said of the money col­lected, K504.2mil­lion has gone to pe­ri­odic and rou­tine road main­te­nance, K730.9mil­lion has gone to road re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and up­grad­ing, K488 mil­lion has been for road safety and ex­pen­di­ture while K260.7mil­lion has been used for NAPSA loan re­pay­ment.

“I must say here that im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Na­tional Road Tolling Pro­gramme has pro­gressed very well since 2013 when Phase One of the project started. Tolls have been col­lected from 10 in­land toll sta­tions namely Chongwe and Shima­bala in Lusaka Prov­ince, Katuba, Mumbwa, and Manyumbi in Cen­tral Prov­ince, Ka­fu­lafuta on the Cop­per­belt Prov­ince, Chembe in Lua­pula Prov­ince, Kalense, Kateshi and Kakonde in North­ern Prov­ince”, Chi­totela said.

He said tolls have also been col­lected from nine ports of en­try and four gazetted weigh­bridges across the coun­try.

“The gov­ern­ment is con­struct­ing ad­di­tional in­land toll sta­tions that are at dif­fer­ent lev­els of com­ple­tion across the coun­try.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic will be in­formed as soon as con­struc­tion works have been com­pleted in readi­ness for road tolling,” he said.

Chi­totela fur­ther said that gov­ern­ment’s tar­get this year is to col­lect K845mil­lion (about US$$85mil­lion) and this would be achieved by ex­pand­ing the road tolling foot­print.

Zam­bia’s road tolling pro­gramme has recorded a fi­nan­cially ex­cel­lent head start but it’s the sus­tain­abil­ity and road main­te­nance pro­grams cou­pled with the qual­ity of con­struc­tion that will de­ter­mine how pos­ter­ity will judge the ex­pan­sive road projects. The coun­try is also aim­ing at be­com­ing a pre­ferred trans­port route and hub to link south­ern, East and Cen­tral Africa, lever­ag­ing its cen­tral ge­o­graphic lo­ca­tion.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Zambia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.