Kenyan motorists will later this month switch to digital driving licences, but will be spared instant fines that come with the smart card due to a pending court case.
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The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) said more than 100,000 of the smart cards have been made in readiness for distribution to motorists starting with first-time drivers.
The smart licences have instant fines capability software installed, but it will remain inactive until the court case is heard and determined.
NTSA director- general Francis Meja said the smart licenses will launch this month, adding that the instant fines capability will be activated once the case is concluded.
"Instant fines are aimed at penalising petty offenders whereby the information will be relayed to our database and fines paid 'cashlessly' thereby helping curb graft on our roads," said Meja.
The rules frozen by court required motorists who commit minor traffic offences such as talking on the phone while driving or exceeding speed limits will pay instant fines of between Sh500 and Sh10,000.
The list of minor violations included speeding, motorcycle riding without protective gear, failure to fasten seat belts, pedestrians blocking the free passage of cars, driving on footpaths and travelling with part of the body outside a moving vehicle.
Besides the instant fines capability, the card comes loaded with points to be deducted every time a motorist commits a traffic offence.
Repeat offenders who will have exhausted their points will permanently lose their licences, have them confiscated temporarily, pay spot fines or be made to attend refresher driving classes.
The points system, widely used in the West to tame drivers, will see each motorist's card loaded with 20 points that are to be deducted progressively at a rate proportional to the offence committed.
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