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Kenya to roll out car plates with data chips

Addressing journalists after touring the Kamiti Maximum Security Prison where the plates are being manufactured, he said the number plates will be fitted with a micro chip that will hold the personal information details of the car owner/CFM

Addressing journalists after touring the Kamiti Maximum Security Prison where the plates are being manufactured, he said the number plates will be fitted with a micro chip that will hold the personal information details of the car owner/CFM

NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 24 – New vehicle registration number plates fitted with identification features will be commissioned by the end of this year, according to Transport Secretary Michael Kamau.

Addressing journalists after touring the Kamiti Maximum Security Prison where the plates are being manufactured, he said the number plates will be fitted with a micro chip that will hold the personal information details of the car owner.

He says the number plates will help reduce crime since the micro chip will also be fitted on the windscreen making it futile for criminals to change car plates when they commit crimes.

“Even if you go and pluck off my number plates, you will still not be able to access the gadget that is on the windscreen; so you cannot just interchange the number plate,” he stated.

“The technology will be able to relate with the number on the windscreen with information like the owner of the vehicle, the number of the vehicle and any other security features that we want to incorporate.”

If a person takes a loan with his car as the security and fails to honour the agreement, Kamau pointed out that the chip will also help auctioneers get the car.

The standard number plates will cost Sh2,000 while those seeking personalised number plates will pay Sh1 million, but said this could be reviewed upwards.

Once a person purchases a new engine for his car, Kamau said the new number will be included and all other details.

He also reiterated his earlier warning that the government will crack down on Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) that do not install the new digital speed governors that have been approved by the National Transport Safety Authority (NTSA).

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“We will not extend the deadline of installing the digital speed governors after April 1. All the PSVs must ensure that there is some order on the roads,” he said.

“As we implement new PSV licences, any operators who do not follow the rules will face the law.”

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