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Smart driving licenses to be rolled out in April

National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has said the much awaited Smart Driving Licenses will be rolled-out between April and May.

The new electronic driving licenses is a move aimed at instilling order on Kenyan roads.

The new licenses will be fitted with an electronic chip to capture a driver’s data and contain the driver’s Kenya Revenue Authority PIN, ID Number and Blood Group.

NTSA Legal Officer Judy Opiri on Friday said the chips will also hold data of traffic offences committed by the owner.

Ms Opiri was speaking during the launch of a new report by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions on the effectiveness of prosecuting traffic offences.

“We are almost done,” she said.

The authority had last year said the roll out was to begin in October.

DRIVER’S PROFILE

The chip enabled licenses will allow for the creation of a driver’s profile and provide valuable information on their eligibility.

Ms Opiri also revealed that NTSA is currently reviewing the traffic laws to address shortcomings when it comes to prosecuting traffic offences and working on the modalities of instant fines for petty offences.

In September 2017, NTSA Director General Francis Meja 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.

“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.

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.

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