Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’i unveiled a new line of number plates for vehicles in Kenya that will be for special categories of motorists.
Alongside the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), Matiang’i unveiled the new number plates following a report on revalidation of motor vehicle dealers and operators of garages by a multi-agency team.
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As a result of the report, the government has moved to tighten regulations and curb proceeds of crime laundered through such businesses to fund terrorism among other criminal activities.
He explained the meaning of the new number plates as follows:
“KC” for Container Freight Stations
“KG” for garages
“KT” for towing companies.
The new number plates in photos seen by Viral Tea are coated in green with white labellings within its background, with the exception of the KG number plates which have red markings in a white background surrounded by a red frame.
The green number plates bear a striking resemblance to those used by Municipal councils before they were replaced with the white and blue number plates with the onset of the county government.
Motor vehicle dealers have until April 30, 2022, to present their details for re-registration.
“The new special plates for garage operators(KG), tow trucks(KT) & container freight stations(KC) launched by NTSA will replace the red KG plates from February 1, 2022. Motor vehicle dealers have until April 30 to present credentials for fresh digital registration,” Matiang’i said.
In attendance during the unveiling was Matiang’i alongside CAS Hussein Dado, Interior Principal Secretary, Karanja Kibicho, Inspect General of Police Hilary Mutyambai and the Director-General Financial Reporting Centre (FRC), Saitoti Maika.
Kenyans interested in getting the license for the new KG number plates for garages and tow trucks will have to part with Ksh18,550, acquired through the eCitizen website.
KG Plates are Short-Term dealership/garage plates with a special insurance cover for vehicles awaiting number plates or without insurance.
KG is a Kenya Garage plate for use by garages and car dealers when they want to put a car on the road that has no insurance.
Kenyans imported an additional 13,753 second-hand vehicles in the nine months to September 2021 shrugging off price increases of the units in source markets.
The latest data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) shows that imports for used cars in the nine months to September stood at 78,304 units, a 21 per cent jump from 64,551 units in a similar period in 2020.
The increase in the number of units shipped came despite prices increasing in the wake of the COVID-19 disruptions that led to supply hitches in the source markets, mainly Japan.
KNBS data shows that the average price of a used car rose to Sh940, 395 from Sh868, 780 and the increases were anticipated to slam brakes on orders as buyers reduced spending due to the economic hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic.