RTSA won’t side­line lo­cal firms

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

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.

Mr Mubanga

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