Transport Minister Brian Mushimba unveils the Intelligent Mobility Solutions (IMS), a PPP that will run road traffic system in Zambia.
FILE: Transport Minister Brian Mushimba unveils the Intelligent Mobility Solutions (IMS), a PPP that will run road traffic system in Zambia.

Transport and Communications Minister Brian Mushimba says vehicles with registration plates such as “Commando 1” and “Number 1 Bootlicker” are illegal and not registered by RTSA except for “ECL 2021” which could be approved under vanity and personalised registration category.

Responding to a written question from Monze Central UPND member of parliament Jack Mwimbu who wanted to know if such political registration plates were issued by RTSA, Mushimba said “ECL 2021” plates could be approved under vanity and personalized registration.

“The agency conducts registration of motor vehicles and trailers according to the Act No. 11 of 2002 and the following are common motor vehicle registrations conducted by the agency: there is normal registration which includes the standard three alpha letters and a maximum of four numerical figures such as AAB 1234.”

“This type of registration is sequential and does not attract a fee. Number two is a diplomatic registration which includes the registration of motor vehicles for embassies for use on our roads at no fee, and lastly the vanity for personalized registration which includes the preferred registration numbers after a vehicle has been given a normal registration number. For example we have seen K10 or TAB 2020.”

“Vanity of personalised number plates can have a maximum of three alpha letters and a maximum of four digits and is approved by the agency with a fee of K8,333. So Madam Speaker, ECL 2021 under vanity and personalised registration could be approved and given to a vehicle,” Mushimba said.

“To answer the Honourable members’ question, no, the number plates in question were not registered by RTSA. They are in fact illegal number plates. As a matter of fact, number plates such as “Commando 1” and “Number 1 Boot Licker” do not qualify to be considered as valid registration plates under vanity and personalized registration, but ECL 2021 qualify Madam Speaker.”

“RTSA does not allow such vehicles to be on the road, this is an illegal practice and to curb it, RTSA and Zambia Police conduct random road traffic patrols checking on registration marks through the call centre for verification. Any motor vehicle that does not correspond with the details in the system is stopped and immediately impounded. In 2017, 613 vehicles were impounded for flouting these regulations Madam Speaker. This practice does compromise the security of the nation and that is the more reason why any motorist found wanting have their vehicles impounded.”

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16 COMMENTS

  1. I registered my number plate “Pathak0 ****” is SA but I drive it around in Zambia during holidays.Money speaks.

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  2. @PANY0 PANU YOUR REGISTRATIONDOES NOT HAVE NUMERIAL DIGITS HENCE ILLEGAL, TRY SOME NUMBERS ECL 2021, HH 2026, SINKAMBA 2031 ARE LEGAL

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    • Accordingly, ECL 2021 ( for Edgar); HHC/HHS 2040 (for Hichilema); SIN 2045 (for Sinkamba); CHI 2092 (for Chipimo); NAW 2097 (for Nawakwi) etc are all eligible number plates. Hahahahahah. Thanks for clarifying.

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  3. This response from the minister does not show seriousness on the part of the Pf government to stop illegality. These vehicles are all over, why not just stop the boot lickers to stop lawlessness? Lawlessness is very high in the Pf government.

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  4. He says ‘ECL 2021’ qualifies, but has it been registered? If not, it is being used illegally. Why did it have to take a question from an MP for a statement to be issued, when this ministry has been aware that vehicles registered in that manner have been on the roads for a long while? Lets see some action then.
    As per PF culture, some of those number plates are actually meant to intimidate people.

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  5. Plates for sale:
    – Koswe 02
    – PFools 2018
    – Fire 42M
    – HH 2021 (illegal)
    – Ganja4Kwacha
    – Jerabos 10
    – Dora 1
    – We~Inonge

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  6. Son under vanity plates there can be one or more vehicles registered under the same plate(s)? Because I have seen 6 different vehicles with the plate ECL 2021. Also when did RTSA revise the law that vanity plates can/should only have a standard of 3 alphas, I remember MC wabwino, lime Merc with the plates “AWESE”.

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  7. So under vanity plates there can be one or more vehicles registered under the same plate(s)? Because I have seen 6 different vehicles with the plate ECL 2021. Also when did RTSA revise the law that vanity plates can/should only have a standard of 3 alphas, I remember MC wabwino, lime Merc with the plates “AWESE”.

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  8. This is lost revenue here.First they steal our money,buy vehicles which they dont pay tax on,the same vehicles are not registered therefore they dont pay road tax,am sure they are not insured therefore posing a risk to other road users,they definitely have no fitness again posing further risk to us and the irony is that they bear campaign messages of Lungu 2021 in short in so far as our president is concerned he imagines that the elecorate will reward him with victory.

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  9. Anybody using Bootlicker in a proud in a proud context will have my lawyers on their door step. I have a patent for the exclusive use of the term Bootlicker in a proud context.

    I have issued instructions to my lawyers to all the people infringing on my creative creations without getting an express written permission from me or paying any royalties for that matter

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  10. Intelligent Mobility Solutions (IMS) another pointless corrupt overpriced project to enrich themselves!!

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    • Razor
      Hallo the president is Edgar Chagwa Lungu
      I can’t imagine any president before him who allowed such lawlessness

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