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NTSA to launch electronic driving licences next month

The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) will is set to launch the new electronic driving licenses in a move aimed at instilling sanity on the roads.

The launch of the electronic chips enabled driving licenses will be on October 1. The chips will store key details of a driver and secure identification and authentication of vehicle ownership which will also be very difficult to counterfeit.

NTSA Director General Francis Meja on Tuesday said that the licenses will be very convenient, user-friendly and portable since one can put it in their wallet just like any other cards.

TRAFFIC OFFENDERS

“The most common offence by drivers is driving wrongly. We believe the licenses will help tame traffic offenders as the cost is high. It will help change their behavior,” Mr Meja said.

The new licenses will have distinctive features such as motorists’ bio-metric details, a demerit point system and a payments wallet.

The wallet will enable drivers to make on-the-spot payments for traffic offenses they might have committed and cater for any other costs.

Drivers will pay Sh3,000 for the three-year licenses, up from the current Sh1,500.

The migration is expected to take three years and after the launch, anyone who wishes to renewal will be required to convert to the new license.