Kenya: Digital driving licences plan gets Sh300m allocation

17 February 2017

Computing

The push to introduce digital driving licences this year to curb corruption and boost road safety received a lift after the Treasury allocated Sh300 million in the proposed national budget.

The allocation will kick-start the procurement of the digital licences that are expected to ease monitoring of motorists’ driving history and ultimately curb accidents and improve enforcement of traffic laws.

According to the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), most road accidents are caused by drivers who don’t comply with road regulations by committing offences such as speeding.

The smart licence will help combat corruption in the transportation sector. “The new card will also act like a bank card so that drivers will be able to pay for driving fines virtually, eliminating the need for cash transactions,” said an NTSA official, adding that drivers will be able to renew their cards online.

The licences will have embedded chips containing information such as personal identification number, contacts, past traffic offences, fines previously paid and warnings. Traffic police officers will have devices to read the information and add charge sheets to the database as necessary.

The cards will come with preloaded points and every time a driver commits a traffic offence, the points will be deducted to a point of automatically suspending the licence, the road transport regulator said.

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