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National Road Fund Agency claims K2.9 billion earned as toll revenue in 2023


National Road Fund Agency (NRFA) reportedly generated K2.9 billion from toll gates in 2023 which it disbursed to road projects.

NRFA Public Relations Manager, Alphonsius Hamachila, said in a statement that the agency raised K2.9 billion from toll gates in 2023 against the revenue target of K2.3 billion.

This represented a 15 percent increase compared to K2.5 billion collected in 2022.

“The revenue was disbursed for road projects and related activities undertaken by the Road Development Agency (RDA), Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) and Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development with most of the monies being channelled to clearing arrears owed to road contractors and consultants,” Hamachila stated.

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He revealed that the NRFA processed a total of 26 million vehicle transactions at all toll gates across the country registering an increase of about 7.8 percent compared to 24 million recorded in the year 2022.

A total of eight million transactions were processed from foreign registered motor vehicles resulting in a total revenue collection of K1 billion while in 2022 only two million vehicle transactions under this category were processed with a total revenue of K370 million.

“The NRFA which also collects road sector revenue from fuel levy, government appropriations, loans and grants disbursed K1.7 billion for maintenance of urban and feeder roads across the country,” Hamachila said.

He said they disbursed about K1 billion for the rehabilitation and upgrading of roads across the 10 provinces of Zambia, among others.

Hamachila stated that some of the major road projects financed during the year included K240 million for the upgrading and rehabilitation of selected urban roads in Lusaka.

He further stated that about K87 million went to the rehabilitation of the Mongu-Limulunga Road in Western Province, K86 million for the upgrading of Chiengi – Kaputa Road in Luapula province.

The upgrading of 100 kilometre Mwinilunga to Jimbe Road in North-Western Province got K44 million, K28 million was spent on the Kafue Hook Bridge in Central Province.

Hamachila reported that about K21 million was disbursed for the periodic maintenance of feeder roads in Lufwanyama on the Copperbelt Province and K43 million for the upgrading of Mpika-Nabwalya – Mfuwe Road in Muchinga Province.

Others are K27 million for the periodic maintenance of Livingstone Sesheke Road in Western Province, emergency works on Chipata-Lundazi, Katete Chanida and Ngoze Culvert embankment in Eastern Province got K20 million.

He said about K24 million was for the emergence maintenance of Lukulu Bridge in Chinsali, Muchinga Province among others.

“The NRFA will continue working with implementing agencies and institutions as government leverages on the National Road Tolling programme to sustainably finance road infrastructure development in the country within the framework of the Public Private Partnerships (PPPs),” he said.

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