Kenya Police Service on Tuesday, April 13 issued new directives that would see motorists pay Ksh300,000 in fine or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or both.
The warning comes at a time when there has been increasing use of what authorities term as unrecognised and unofficial number plates.
“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,” a section of the new directive read.
The body also noted a motor vehicle ceases to be used on the road, the owner shall surrender the identification plates to the Registrar of Motor Vehicles for cancellation.
In addition, motor vehicle owners have been directed to present their vehicles for inspection immediately to the police or within five days after a police officer makes the request.
“Any person who contravenes or fails to comply with any of the provisions of this part shall be found guilty of an offence and liable on first conviction to a fine not exceeding Ksh10,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months and on each subsequent conviction to a fine not exceeding Ksh20,000 or to an imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to both,” the statement read.
This comes barely a day after NTSA impounded high-end cars that had number plates not issued by authority.
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