The Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) has embarked on a devolution programme of piloting issuance of motor vehicle licensing (road tax) to selected local authorities across the country.

RTSA Head of Public Relations Fredrick Mubanga disclosed that the devolution programme covers motor vehicles and trailer licensing.

Mr .Mubanga said the programme shall be passed on to selected local authorities especially in areas where the agency does not have offices to collect road tax in line with the republican constitution.

‘’ As at now we have engaged all these local authorities and very soon we will be signing a Memorandum of understanding that will outline how such services will be provided to the people and also spell out this partnership…this will be a game changer as we endeavor to provide these services to various parts of the country,’’ he said.

Mr Mubanga disclosed that the agency had since engaged 16 selected local authorities earmarked for the devolution programme which include Serenje, Mkushi and Mumbwa in Central Province, Lundazi, Petauke and Nyimba in Eastern Province.

Others include Mbala in Northern Province, Mwense and Kawambawa in Luapula Province, Kaoma and Senenga in Western Province as well as Lusaka and Kafue districts.

He added that the Agency will assign examiners to conduct motor vehicle physical assessment and driver license examination at the selected local authorities.

The trajectory of the devolution programme is in line with the Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP) and the Vision 2030 which is a long term plan that  expresses the aspirations of the Zambian people to live in a strong and Dynamic middle-income industrial nation that provides opportunities for improving the well-being of all by harnessing opportunities for economic growth.

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