The National Road Fund Agency (NRFA) has collected K1.1 billion from the two initial road tolling sites at Manyumbi and Kafulafuta since last year November up to September this year.
The manyumbi site is located between Kabwe and Kapiri-Mposhi, while the Kafulafuta toll site, is between Kapiri-Mposhi and Ndola.
NRFA Business Manager for Road Tolling, Daniel Mtonga said the K1.1 billion revenue generated from the two commissioned toll gates would be channeled to road maintenance.
He was speaking when he featured last evening on the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) TV1 programme under the theme ‘Toll fees, are they serving their purpose?’ monitored by ZANIS.
Mr. Mtonga explained that the government is constructing roads across the country at a huge cost, adding that the road assets need a regime of sustainable maintenance which the toll facility would guarantee.
“NRFA, in liaison with implementing agencies and other stakeholders, will use the toll revenue to maintain and widen identified sections of the roads to avoid unnecessary accidents”, he said.
Mr. Mtonga revealed that 80 percent of the revenue was collected from foreign motorists while, 20 percent was from Zambian motorists.
Meanwhile, Mr. Mtonga also revealed that the agency intends to set up four more toll sites in selected points within the next few months.
He named the upcoming toll sites as Chongwe, between Chongwe and Rufunsa, Mumbwa, between Mwembeshi and Mumbwa, in Chisamba, as well as Shimabala, between Chilanga and Kafue.
Mr. Mtonga expressed gratitude to the driving public for their overwhelming support and cooperation in paying toll fees that is raising revenue for road maintenance.
He stressed that there is need for all government officials and members of the public to support the tolling mechanism as it would reduce the costs related to maintenance of their vehicles as a result of well-maintained roads.
Mr Mtonga also commended the NRFA team for their efficiency during toll collections at both Manyumbi and Kafulafuta.