Interior CS Fred Matiangi, ICT CS Joe Mucheru, Transport CS James Macharia, Interior PS Karanja Kibicho and NTSA Director General George Njao today oversaw the launch of a new generation of digital number plates at the GSU Recce unit Headquarters in Ruiru, Nairobi.
CS Matiangi stated that the new plates, which are inbuilt with security features to allow tracing of car ownership by law enforcement agencies, were produced in compliance with the amended Traffic Act of 2016.
The firebrand CS noted that the new plates will bear features that will give security agencies an easy time tracing automobiles used to commit criminal 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 attack.
"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.