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The government has launched new generation of digital number plates at the GSU Recce unit Headquarters in Ruiru, Nairobi, that will cost motorists Ksh3,000 to acquire.

The new plates are inbuilt with security features to allow the tracing of car ownership by law enforcement agencies.

According to Interior CS Fred Matiangi, the new plates will bear features that will give security agencies an easy time tracing automobiles used to commit crįminal activities.

“The work is being done by a multi-agency unit of the security sector and is part of the reforms initiated by President Uhuru Kenyatta after the 2019 Dusit attáck. The capability allows us to change the country’s 4.8 million vehicles to the new generation plates but that has been extended to a period of 18 months. When the NTSA team calls on Kenyans to change the plates, let us obey and get it done within those 18 months,” he said.

Speaking at the launch, Transport CS James Macharia said the 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.

“They form a basis for tracking and monitoring vehicles in the country which have risen significantly from 3.2M million last year to 4.8 million this year,” ICT CS Mucheru said.

The launch was also attended by Interior PS Karanja Kibicho and NTSA Director General George Njao.

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