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.”