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RNPAZ sues State over RTSA’s award of plates contract to single contractor

REFLECTIVE Number Plates Association of Zambia has sued the State in the Lusaka High Court seeking a declaration that the awarding of the issuance, supply, distribution including fitting of high security numbers countrywide by a single company by RTSA is null and void

Attorney General Likando Kalaluka has also been cited in this matter.

According to originating summons filed in the principal registry, chairman of the association Misheck Mwewa stated that the manufacturing, supply, distribution and fitting of number plates in Zambia was open to anyone who applied to obtain the relevant permit from Road Transport and Safety Agency.

He, however,  stated that in February 2018, RTSA issued a public notice announcing the intention to roll out a new road safety system, which the association felt would drive their members into bankruptcy.

“Individual members of the association have invested huge sums of money on equipment most of which is on commercial leasing terms and this concession will render most, if not all, the members in the plaintiff’s association bankrupt,” Mwewa stated.

He further stated that it would be just to allow members of the association to improve the features on their number plates to fall in line with any security concerns that the defendants might have.

“The decision to single source is therefore not the solution but rather a problem because in today’s world of competitiveness, multiplicity is always better and safer than monopoly,” Mwewa  said.

The applicants want the court to determine whether or not the awarding of the issuance, supply, distribution including fitting of high security number plated throughout the Republic of Zambia to a single company by RTSA is contrary to the provisions of the Competition and Consumer Protections Act 2010, the Public Private Partnership Act 2009 and the Road Traffic Act 2002.

The applicant also wants the court to declare that awarding of the issuance, supply, distribution and fitting of high security number plates in Zambia to any one single company by RTSA in its capacity as regulator of the sector is contrary to the provisions of the law and therefore, null and void.

The applicants are also seeking an interim injunction stopping RTSA from continuing with the action to award the said works to any single company until determination of the matter or court order so pronounced sooner and any other relief the court will deem appropriate and fit plus costs.

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