Road fund holds workshop to strengthen enforcement

09 Nov 2016 16:30pm
RUNDU, 09 NOV (NAMPA) – The Road Fund Administration (RFA) is hosting a two-day traffic law enforcement (TLE) workshop aimed at improving officials’ understanding of the RFA Act and its regulations pertaining to road user charges.
The workshop in Rundu that is being attended by about 20 representatives from different stakeholders started Tuesday and ends Wednesday.
Manager of Inspections at the RFA, Theo Shapota told Nampa on Tuesday the focus of the workshop is on the local and foreign mass distance charges, cross border charges and abnormal load fees.
“The RFA regards the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) and its TLE units as a key partner in executing its mandate, which is to manage the Namibian road user charging system,” he explained.
NamPol, he said, provides an enabling environment for the RFA to collect the road user charges and have the authority enforce compliance thereof.
Shapota said the RFA has identified the need to strengthen relations with NamPol and thus plans are in the pipeline to do this through a series of stakeholder engagements across the country from the north, north-east and north-western regions.
The participation of border post management committee representatives at the workshop would encourage collective stakeholder participation to improve the RFA’s revenue collection streams, said Shapota.
On his part, the Head of the Traffic Law Enforcement Unit Deputy Commissioner Ralph Ludwig said the TLE’s will after the workshop make sure that clients pay entry fees when entering the country, as well as mass distance charges.
Ludwig said his unit will also make sure log books of heavy vehicle owners or operators are checked as they are obliged to pay their fair share towards the maintenance of Namibia’s road infrastructure.
He noted that the maintenance of roads increases more sharply with the increase of vehicle mass.