Eng. Kamau: By April Kenya Smart Driving Licences Will Be Out


Over the next 2 months, the government plans to issue smart driving licences and next generation number plates as part of its transport integrated management system. The project is in its final stages of development and it is set to improve efficiency in Kenya’s transport sector.

“In the next two months, we will start interlinking all road transport and related agencies to enable them share and process information.” – Michael Kamau, CS for Transport and Infrastructure.

The new driving licences will carry a chip with the holder’s personal information – ID number, contacts, past traffic offences and fines paid over time. Upon deployment of the system, traffic cops should get equipment to read licences. The system keeps track of accumulated felonies and it will therefore be instrumental in limiting accidents and reckless driving on Kenyan roads.

A similar project had been planned earlier, M/S Semlex Europe SA and Compulynx Limited (Belgium) were scheduled to generate smart licences but in 2009 the Kenyan government shut it down.

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  1. for me am suggesting the current number plates for example;

    1 ) KBX 235Y to be changed to KE 235Y. The letters BX has no meaning at all, mean while
    the letters KE: means our country Kenya
    2) Again you can get two similar vehicles manufactured the same year eg. both of them
    year 2000. but you will find that this two vehicle have different number plates exmp:
    vehicle number 1) year of manuf 2000 No. plate kax 203y
    2) year of manuf 2000 No. plate kbc 610g
    if you intend to sell the a above two vehicles you can tell which one will sell first . of cause the No. 2 one will sell first and in fact will cost more money just because of the number plate yhis is just but to metion.
    kindly when introducing the next generation of the number plates please consider factors like the above ones. regards serckrey.

    • @Serckrey first note that car buyers will always look for year of manufacture to tell how long the car has been on the road, things like mileage too. But I feel you, we do have a boring number plate system, that could do with some reordering.

  2. @serckrey maina

    the BX portion of the number do have a meaning, in addition to KBX 235Y, there is also KBY 235Y, KBZ 235Y etc

    One cannot just eliminate two characters in the identity number

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