The National Road Tolling Program (NRTP) was launched on 1st November 2013 through provisions of the Tolls Act No. 14 of 2011, by commissioning collection of road tolls at gazette Weighbridges from all Heavy Goods vehicles.
For the period November 2013 to the end of December 2015, the Road Development Agency (RDA) was in charge of Toll Collections.
On 1st September 2015, the RDA appointed the National Road Fund Agency (NRFA) as the Lead Tolls Agent to operate all toll collection points in the country. On 16th January 2016, toll operations at the first inland toll plazas covering all vehicle classifications at Manyumbi (between Kabwe and Kapirimposhi) and also at Kafulafuta (between Kapirimposhi and Ndola) were commissioned.
These were temporary toll plazas using the basic booth and boom technology with a highly reduced start-up-cost for the purpose of raising much-needed revenues to support road maintenance programs.
Effective 1st January 2017, Statutory Instrument No. 85 of 2016 was issued by the Honourable Minister of Housing and Public Infrastructure which revised toll tariffs and also introduced value propositions such as the Local User Discounts (LUDs) and Frequent User Discounts (FUDs) to improve the experience of toll payers on toll facilities, as regards affordability and equity of road use.
In May 2017, the first conventional toll plazas were commissioned by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zambia Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu, at three toll stations namely Katuba Toll Plaza ( on T2 between Lusaka and Chisamba) and at Shimabala Toll Plaza (on T2 between Lusaka and Kafue) and at Mumbwa Toll Plaza (M9 between Lusaka and Mumbwa).
Currently, the Inland Toll Stations stand at 27 and it is envisioned that the Agency will expand the Road Tolling footprint to 40 Toll Stations across the country of different types according to Traffic Volumes.
The Toll tariff Structure is as follows:
|(a)||Small vehicles (including cars, vans and minibuses up to 15 seats) (Single Access) GVM <3,500Kg||Fixed||20|
|(b)||Minibuses (16-30 seats) Single Access) including light Trucks with 3,500Kg <GVM>6,500Kg||Fixed||40|
|(c) (d)||Buses above 30 seats (Single Access) Light Trucks and with 2-3 Axles and GVM>6,500 Kg single access||Fixed||50|
|(e)||Heavy vehicles with articulated semi-trailer -4 Axles (Single Access)||Fixed||150|
|(f) (g)||Heavy trucks with articulated semitrailer –above 4 Axles (Single Access) Heavy vehicles interlink –above 6 Axles (Single Access)||Fixed||150|
|(h)||Abnormal loads (Single Access)||Fixed||5|
However, free passage on toll roads in Zambia is granted to authorised emergency vehicles, including the fire department, police vehicles, public or private ambulances, emergency response vehicles and vehicles carrying blood or tissue banks. Others would be military vehicles, contractors working on the construction, improvement, maintenance or development of a road and the Republican President’s and the Vice President’s motorcades, respectively.