Why Kenyans Will Now Have Digital Number Plates

On August 30th CS Matinag’i launched new digital number plates following an announcement made at the start of the year by the government and other agencies including the transport regulator NTSA. The digital plates which certainly look more aesthetic will cost 3,000 KES and motorists will be required to replace them in the next 18 months. A 20K fine or jail time of 6 months is the penalty for not adhering to this law. The process will start on October 1st. The next plate series KDK will have the digital plates.

How do the digital number plates work?

“The new generation number plate is fixed with a radio frequency identification (RFID) microchip embedded on the sticker to facilitate wireless transfer of information between it and mobile police readers or at traffic lights.” The computerized number plates also have anti-counterfeit features, including holograms, watermarks, and laser markers’ Business Daily

The plates that shall be fixed to vehicles imported to the country at the point of entry will be synchronized with KRA systems to help rid cases of tax evasion in the car selling business.” said the interior CS Fred Matiang’i at the GSU Recce unit Headquarters in Ruiru, Nairobi on Tuesday, August 30. 

Transport CS James Macharia said the new plates will cover 12 categories of vehicles in line with the legal notice 62 of 2016 and allow ease of monitoring vehicles coming into the country that ranks as a major transit hub in the region. As reported by Nation.

The event was also attended by Kenya’s ICT CS Joe Mucheru.

The new plates are also expected to curb crime and theft. Some of the security features will be visible to the naked eye whereas others will only be accessible to law enforcement agencies. 

Read more on the technology behind the digital plates on TECHWEEZ and KENYANS.CO.KE .

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