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Government introduces state of the art number plates

24 February 2014, 17:25 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The government has said that it will introduce state of the art number plates, expected to be in-place by the end of 2014.

Transport Secretary Michael Kamau said that the new plates, which will have a micro-chip installed in them will cost KES 2000 and will be in the country from mid-March.

The plates are expected to have data such as the car ownership status and other key information on them and will be a must for all vehicles.

Kamau said during a tour of the Kamiti Maximum Prison where they are being sculpted, that the plates will reduce the rate of crime since criminals will not be able to steal vehicles since the chip will be wired to the windscreens as well as other components such as the car engines.

" The chip will be wired to the windscreen meaning even if Criminals change the plates, we will still be able to track the vehicles, he said.

He further confirmed that the plates will be mass produced starting mid-March once the relevant equipment and technology arrives from Germany.

" We want to give motorists ample time to secure the new plates which is why the charge remains the same as the current one of purchasing new plates and we will give motorists a year to change, he added.

The new technology will not only reduce vehicle theft, but also cut down on loan defaulters who use their cars as collateral only to change plates and avoid repayment of debts.

" With the new technology, we will see an end to such fraud.

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