Kenya Introduced Digital Number Plates

Digital Number Plates

If a driver doesn’t apply for a new digital number plates in Kenya within the following 18 months, they could be subject to a fine of up to Sh20,000 or a six-month jail sentence. So, if you don’t have digital number plates, you risk an Sh20,000 fine or six months in jail.

Kenya Eliminates Dual Registration

As the nation works to bring order back to the automotive industry, the new number plates, which will be affixed on automobiles, motorcycles, and trailers, are intended to stop multiple registrations of vehicles and rein in shady car imports.

Given that drivers and riders of motorcycles must each pay Sh3,000 for a smart number plate, the government will be able to collect nearly Sh12 billion as a result of the new directive’s implementation.

Concerns about growing tax-evasion cartels and illegal copying of existing license plates are driving the campaign for smart plates. The authorities should find it simpler to track down information on specific vehicles and their owners thanks to the computerized number plates with anti-counterfeit elements like holograms, watermarks, and laser markers.

In other nations, vehicle digital number plates with embedded microchips have been used to track down stolen vehicles. According to Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, the KDK series of newly registered automobiles would be the first to receive the new license plates.

The plates have several built-in security elements that are easily recognized by law enforcement, are compliant with international standards, and are linked to the vehicle chassis number.” The commissioning of the new generation number plates marks a historic occasion in securing vehicle registration by closing gaps used by financial fraudsters and dishonest motor vehicle importers,” stated Dr. Matiang’i.

The Cabinet Secretary stated that the new rule will take effect on October 1 and that Kenyans will have 18 months to comply.

The number of motorbikes and car registrations is increasing by around 400,000 yearly, with motorcycles making up more than 70% of the listings. “Back when stickers were put in car windshields, there were no scanners to read them. According to Charles Munyori, the secretary-general of the Kenya Auto Bazaar Association, “We expect that there will be enough scanners to carry out the necessary duty as they are rolling out these plates.

New Generation License Plates

A new font, a QR code, a hologram, an NTSA serial number, and a Kenyan flag are all features of the latest generation of license plates. Additionally, it contains a microchip security mechanism that enables law enforcement to track automobiles. Beyond just serving as identification, electronic license plates may also have other features. Examples of its potential uses include information delivery, prepaid services, and enhanced security.

This change corresponds with the Traffic Act of 2016, which has a clause authorizing security organizations to follow vehicles they suspect of being used in criminal or unlawful activity.

A serial number will be given to each plate number, and this serial number will match the chassis number. These plates will therefore handle the situation where the police pull over a Range Rover driver and the license plate belongs to a tractor.

To combat tax evasion in the car-selling industry, the plates would be placed on imported vehicles at the point of entry and synchronized with Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) systems to Dr. Fred Matiang’i, Cabinet Secretary. He said that a multi-agency security sector unit does this job as part of the reforms started by President Uhuru Kenyatta after the terrorist assault on the Dusit in 2019.

Kenya Auto Industry

The assembly, sale, and distribution of motor vehicles make up the bulk of Kenya’s automotive sector. In the nation, there are numerous auto dealers in the business. Kenya is presently striving to make all of its automobiles. Kenya, which produced its first automobile (the Nyayo Car) in the late 1980s, now has a chance to compete in the market thanks to Mobius Motors, established in 2009. Motorcycles have been coming out of this regional manufacturer named KIBO Africa Limited.

Second-hand vehicles imported, primarily from Japan and the United Arab Emirates, are a fierce competitor for established merchants. Another difficulty is that because Kenya is typically a lower middle-income country, there is a more significant market for used cars than new ones. As a result, Mobius Motors was founded to offer affordable vehicles for roughly KES 1,100,000 ($11,000).

Beginning in 2019, the Kenyan government suggested implementing a National Automotive Policy that would effectively result in an import ban on used passenger and commercial vehicles. However, the used automobile sector resisted this vigorously, and on May 7, 2019, the government was forced to halt its efforts to amend the rules.

 

Gloria Flynt

I am a Research Content Specialist in Update.co.ke. I have been working with update.co.ke for over 6 months. Update.co.ke is a digital platform that provides news and analysis on business, economy, technology and entrepreneurship in worldwide. I love reading and writing about anything that has to do with science, technology, and developments in the digital world.

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