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