RTSA won’t sideline local firms
MODALITIES are being put in place to ensure that local motor vehicle number plate manufacturing companies are not put out of business during vehicle re-registration and printing of new number plates, Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) has said.
RTSA Public Relations Manager Fredrick Mubanga said in a telephone interview yesterday that RTSA was the only institution mandated by law to register and issue vehicle number plates in the country.
Mr Mubanga said assertions that RATSA had outsourced a foreign company to carryout vehicle re-registration of vehicles and printing of number plates were false.
He said RTSA held several meetings with number plate printing companies where they were assured that they would not be put out of the business but that RTSA would only select genuine companies to be involved in the business.
“We will only give (business to) companies with proper and legal documentation, illegal companies will not be entertained,” he said.
On Thursday, while on Hot FM radio, Reflective Number Plates Association of Zambia (RNAZ), a grouping of firms in vehicle number plate printing business, accused RTSA of awarding a contract for re-registration of vehicles and printing of number plates to a foreign company.
RNAZ secretary Misheck Mwewa also accused RTSA of working with some individuals in cloning number plates.
RNAZ said RTSA should concentrate on regulating policies and leave other issues like the printing the number plates to companies.