Years later, tender wars stall roll out of smart vehicle plates

The new number plates will be part of a wider security system that will also include new generation driving licences.

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What you need to know:

  • At stake is about Sh8 billion a year in revenues for the company that will eventually get the deal.
  • Caught in the middle of this row are motorists who cannot get a tamper proof registration system.
  • The proposed plates will have anti-counterfeit features that include holograms, watermarks, and laser markers.
  • Activist Okiyah Omtatah has alleged fraud in the government’s intention to establish the production plant.

The recent suspension of the government’s plan to establish a production plant for the much-awaited digital registration vehicle number plates has once again exposed how competing interests can stall what is otherwise a noble idea.


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