– There are approximately 800, 000 not 9 million vehicles in Zambia
– New system will reduce vehicle theft, curb fraudulent registration and corruption
– Existing number plate suppliers will continue to distribute encrypted number plates
Unfortunately, it is clearly apparent that government’s national road safety improvement project is at best being misrepresented for nefarious purposes.
For example, Chilufya Tayali a corrupt, ignorant ‘journalist’ was hired and paid by enemies of progress to write and distribute a false and highly defamatory article which lacked basic facts on statics and envisaged benefits
As a signatory to a global initiative, the Zambian government is committed to reducing deaths on the road by 50% by the end of the decade. Progress is being made.
The goal of Safer Vehicles using the road means that the government must ensure that vehicles are roadworthy. In order to manage the vehicle population government must ensure that registration is accurate, and that vehicle inspections are monitored and audited. This will ensure only roadworthy vehicles are using the roads. Over the past few years fraudulent vehicle registrations have increased dramatically with suppliers providing illegal vehicle registrations. It is with this in mind that government is implementing the legislative mandate to re-register all vehicle in the country.
In addition to the road safety benefits, this will curb vehicle theft, ensure that regulatory fees are collected, and that all road users contribute to the provision of the roads. Community safety will also be improved though the ability to trace vehicles used for illegal purposes.
Regrettably the baseless accusations reported in the media are completely inaccurate. As a result of that fraudulent registration of motor vehicles, no one knows how many vehicles are using Zambia’s roads, however, best estimates indicate that this may be in the order of 800 000 vehicles, the reported “nine million vehicles” is a complete falsehood, as is the estimate of the revenue to be collected, a completely reckless and misleading statement.
The reference to “yet not” electronic number plate is another falsehood raised to create mischief and unrest. As part of the re-registration, vehicles will be issues with two secure and encrypted number plates and an additional third number plate, affixed to the windscreen, which will incorporate an electronic radio frequency identification circuit [RFID tag]. Once securely attached the 3rd plate cannot be removed without destroying the circuit. The tag can be read electronically even with the vehicle is moving at high speed. A unique identifier linked to the vehicle and owner details allows the vehicle to be accurately identified and will put an end to the current fraudulent and corrupt practices.
As part of the project existing number plate suppliers will continue to distribute and install these new encrypted number plates with the RFID tag. This will be done via the central control and embossing of number plates by the existing business owners focusing on distribution and installation.
Government is committed to improving road safety, saving lives and administering vehicles using the Zambian road network.