By FRANCINA PHIRI -
THE National Road Fund Agency (NRFA) has said that the Agency will soon migrate from using the simplified toll gates to the electronic toll gates.
NRFA public relations manager Alphonsius Hamachila said the project was in progress and that the first phase would soon be launched.
Mr Hamachila said the decision of migrating came after Minister of Finance Felix Mutati advised the agency to consider shifting to the electronic toll gates.
He said in an interview that the electronic way was a less stressful way of operating especially that people where now transitioning with the development of technology.
“We will soon migrate from the simplified toll gates to the electronic toll gates in the country so as to make our work easier,” Mr Hamachila said.
He said that currently the three types of toll stations which are simplified toll gates carry the traffic volume of about 300-500 traffic volume, are now operational.
And Mr Hamachila said that since the road tolling was launched in 2013 the agency had collected about 1.9 billion kwacha and k 667 million was realised in the year 2017.
Mr Hamachila said that NRFA receives a lot of funds from Government more than the agency makes from road tolling.
He said the general public must stop making allegations that Government is swindling the tolling funds without any proof.
Mr Hamachila said that the money collected from road tolling was properly accounted for and that an audit process is conducted every quarter and end of the year.
He added that the money has been put to good use adding that it helps maintain roads in the country which was beneficial for the people.