Kenya targets vehicle thieves with smart number plates

Kenya is set to issue a tender for the production of smart vehicle number plates to help reduce cases of vehicle theft.

The government targets to start issuing the number plates by January next year at a cost of Sh3,000.

Correctional Services Principal Secretary Zainab Hussein told Parliament on Thursday that the government is seeking designs from three undisclosed countries.

The number plates will have anti-counterfeit features including holograms, watermarks, and laser markers.

The design is meant to help police find out the true owners of the cars.

Kenya has experienced prolonged periods of tax evasion and car theft due to fraud and collusion with government officials.

The process of replacing old number plates with new ones is expected to yield about Sh10 billion in revenues for the government.

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