Interior Minister Fred Matiang'i on Tuesday commissioned the new generation number plates to replace the old ones.

Matiangi said securitizing vehicle registration through the new digital number plates will eliminate loopholes fraudsters and unscrupulous vehicle importers exploit because they have been fitted with security features.

"Commissioning of the new generation number plates marks a historic moment in securitizing vehicle registration by eliminating loopholes exploited by financial fraudsters and unscrupulous motor vehicle importers," Matiang'i said.

The plates are linked to the vehicle chassis number with several inbuilt security features that are easily identifiable to law enforcement and comply with international standards.

According to Matiang'i, the issuance of the new number plates will begin with newly registered vehicles from the KDK series.

The replacement of existing number plates will also begin on October 1, 2022.

Motor vehicle owners will be required to part with Sh3,000 for the new number plates and they have 18 months to replace the old number plates with the new ones.

Also present during the ceremony was Transport CS James Macharia and ICT CS Joe Mucheru.