The Kenya transport sector is expected to have significant changes geared towards curbing crime in the country. The government has indicated that all motorists will be required to acquire themselves new high-tech vehicle number plates at a fee of Sh3,000 by January next year.
The decision, which according to the Correctional Services Principal Secretary Zainab Hussein has been well thought of and guided will see all the 2.98 million vehicles recorded having to register.
On the other hand, The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) have indicated that they are on the process of issuing a new tender after their previous attempt to have the Prisons department picking the courts blocked the smart number plates supplier.
“We have sent a team to go to three countries to design a system that uses our local material to produce the securitized digitized new generation number plates by January 2020,” Ms Hussein told the National Assembly Committee on Administration and National Security.
The new number plates will have anti-counterfeit features like holograms, watermarks, and laser markers. This is key towards curbing the rising incidents of number plate duplication and car theft in the country as the features will allow the police to trace the vehicles with ease.
The NTSA made similar attempts in 2015 after they awarded a tender to Ugandan firm, MIG International and Germany’s Hoffman International worth Sh2 billion but was later cancelled by Public Procurement Administrative and Review Board (PPARB).
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