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Kenya introduces new digital vehicle number plates to curb tax evasion

 31 Aug, 2022 NAIROBI, Kenya - The Government of Kenya has rolled out new generation number plates for all imported motor vehicles in a bid to curb tax evasion.

This was revealed by the country’s Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiangi who termed the move a dragnet of curtailing the tax evasion within the car importing business sector.

“As the government, we want to address the security of our country, we want to help other agencies such as the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) function properly. We are also helping the financial sector and improving transparency. These plates will be fixed to vehicles imported into the country at the point of entry and will be synchronized with KRA systems to curb tax evasion in the car import business”

The new-look digital plates were launched today as part of measures to fight against forgery, swapping, and duplication.

According to the CS, each plate will have a unique identification which will be tied to the chassis number of its vehicle to boost transparency in the registration of vehicles across the country.

Dr. Matiang’I “Each one of the number plates is going to have a serial number. There will be a correspondence between the serial number and the chassis number, so if the police arrest someone driving a Range Rover and the number plate is registered under a tractor, all that is what we will address with these plates.”

The CS also issued a directive that all Kenyans have only a year and a half to replace their old plates with new ones, which will be acquired through the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA).

The new-look registration plates feature a smaller font, similar to the one currently used in county government vehicle plates. They are equipped with additional security features for easy tracing by law enforcement agencies.

“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,” Matiang’i said.

All motor vehicles, from motorcycles to heavy trailers, will be required to adopt the new plates.


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