RFA targets over N.dollars 2.5 billion from road users

13 Feb 2018 19:00pm
WINDHOEK, 13 FEB (NAMPA) - The Road Fund Administration (RFA) hopes to collect more than N.dollars 2.5 billion in revenue from the Namibian Road User Charging System (RUCS) during the 2017/18 financial year, which ends in March.
This was said by RFA Chief Executive Officer, Ali Ipinge during the signing of procedures agreements with local authorities in the Khomas, Hardap and Omaheke regions in the capital Tuesday.
In order for the RFA to comply with its legislative mandate and functions in providing funding to approved authorities, there must be a procedures agreement in place. The agreement sets out the conditions of funding and procedures to be followed by the RFA and the authorities.
Ipinge said the RFA is obliged to make funding contributions, from the collected revenue, to the approved authorities for the maintaining of existing roads.
“The funding is allocated towards maintenance of urban and rural roads, as well as the enforcement of traffic laws, implementation of road safety initiatives including road research studies,” he said.
He noted that the RFA wants to see proper budgeting, project planning and optimal utilisation of the allocated funds by authorities at all levels in the maintenance of roads.
He further revealed that the total budget allocation to the authorities for the 2018/19 financial year has been increased to N.dollars 117 million compared to the previous N.dollars 85 million.
“Similar signing ceremonies will be conducted with all other approved authorities in the remaining regions and will be concluded before 31 March 2018,” he said.
Road user charges consist of fuel levies, annual vehicle license and registration fees, mass distance and cross border charges as well as abnormal load fees.