Kenya to start using digital driving licenses, NTSA

Early this year, the National Transport and Safety Authority of Kenya announced a proposal to launch a smart driving licenses. The move was made primarily to improve motorist safety on the roads.

NTSA in March signed a Sh2.1 billion contract with the National Bank of Kenya for the manufacture and formulation of the smart licenses aimed at revolutionizing enforcement of traffic laws. According to Dr Wangila National Bank is working with Vienna-based digital payment solutions provider Austria Card to supply the digital licences.

The electronic chips enabled driving licenses will store key details of a driver, according to NTSA Director of Road Safety Njeri Waithaka.

“The smart driving license is going to allow a driver’s profile to be created for every license holder. This profile is critical in terms of profiling driver behaviour,” and a one stop where this drivers profile is listed when the driver got the license, even their manner of driving, have they had convictions.

The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) also announced yesterday that 100,000 of the smart cards have been made in readiness for distribution to motorists.

The licenses will use the points system,  where each motorist’s card loaded with 20 points that are to be deducted progressively at a rate proportional to the offense committed. Therefore misdemeanours like overlapping will see drivers lose a single point from their accounts over and above getting fined. A driver will have a week or so to recover this “lost” point if he or she doesn’t commit other offences.