Shortage of number plates to be thing of the past after state body releases 4000 plates to ease shortage

Last week, the CIAK chairman claimed that 6,493 vehicles were lying at the port of Mombasa due to lack of number plates

The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has dispatched 4,000 number plates to Mombasa this week to ease the sharp shortage.

NTSA Director General, Francis Meja said another consignment of the plates was set to leave Nairobi for Mombasa on Thursday evening.

“There’s no cause for alarm, the shortage has been cleared,” Mr Meja said.

The state body blamed the Kenya Prisons Service who makes the plates for the scarcity.

An average of 4,000 vehicles is imported into the country each month.

Car Importers Association of Kenya (CIAK) Chairman Peter Otieno welcome said the 4,000 plates would solve the backlog problem, but added that new vehicles were being registered daily.

“NTSA should make a projection of the number of vehicles registered each month and make the plates so that they are ahead of registration,” Mr Otieno said.

Last week, the CIAK chairman claimed that 6,493 vehicles were lying at the port of Mombasa due to lack of number plates and were attracting storage charges of Sh19.4 million a day.

Kenya is set to roll out the new generation number plates in March which will go a long way in addressing the frequent shortage as the current ones are made manually.

“The making of the current number plates is 100 per cent manual. New technology will be used to make the new ones which will be automated and will have high security features,” Mr. Meja said

“The new number plates will be of international standards with little manual intervention, a thing that would enhance production.”.

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