Kenyan police have raised concern over the use of unrecognized and unofficial number plates by motorists and vehicles.
Yesterday (Monday), high-end cars with fake number plates were nabbed in Nairobi’s Lang’ata road by Kenya’s National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA).
In footage circulated on social media, the vehicles were composed of a black Volkswagen Touareg, a white Mercedes Benz, and a white Toyota Land Cruiser.
In a bid to tackle the menace, the Kenya Police has laid down new rules.
In its new directives, any motorist found in possession of an unauthentic number plate is liable to a ksh300, 000 fine (approximately 3000 US Dollars) or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or both.
The motor vehicle owners who are no longer in operation must also surrender the identification plates to the Registrar of Motor Vehicles for cancellation.
Besides, motor vehicle owners have been ordered to produce their vehicles for inspection upon request from a police officer or within five days.
“No motor vehicle or trailer registered under this Act or driven under the authority of a general dealer’s licence shall be used on the road unless there is fixed thereto in the prescribed manner the prescribed number of identification plates of the prescribed design and colour on which is inscribed the identification mark of the general dealer’s licence,” said the police.
Any person who fails to comply with any of the provisions shall be found guilty and liable on the first conviction to a fine not exceeding Ksh10,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months. On each subsequent conviction, an individual is exposed to a fine not exceeding Ksh20,000 or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or to both.
The NTSA had initially warned motorists and vehicle owners against the use of customized plants that go against traffic regulations.