Car listing, transfer go online mid April

Motor vehicle registration and transfers in the country are set become instant from mid April.

Wednesday March 23 2016

Hundreds of imported cars await to be cleared at a local Clearing Freight Station (CFS) in Mombasa. Motor vehicle registration and transfers in the country are set become instant from mid April as the process goes online. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Hundreds of imported cars await to be cleared at a local Clearing Freight Station (CFS) in Mombasa. Motor vehicle registration and transfers in the country are set become instant from mid April as the process goes online. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By OKUTTAH MARK
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Motor vehicle registration and transfers in the country are set become instant from mid April as the process goes online.

Once on the portal, a user will be asked to create an individual profile by logging in using their PINs and enter the chassis number. If one wants to self allocate, one will pick the number plate of their choice if not, the system will automatically choose one.

Users will also be given an option of where they want to pick their log book and number plate, either in Kisumu, Nairobi or Mombasa.

At the moment, registration and transfers take one to two weeks. The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) says these will now be instant, with launch of a Transport Integrated management Systems (TIMs).

With the platform in place, acquiring a log book will now take 10 minutes from the previous between one to six months. Getting a duplicate log book will take a day from the current two to four weeks.

Other than eliminating the manual process of filling forms, the system, Mr Fernando Wangila a director at NTSA said, will allow car buyers to self-allocate the number plates of their choice at a premium fee. 

TECHNOLOGY

Number plates cost Sh2,700 but those who want specific ones allocated to them, pay an extra charge.

This is the latest attempt by the authority to streamline the transport sector through use of technology.

Last year via the e-citizen portal, NTSA began the renewal of drivers’ licences online. It also intends to roll out smart driving permits that will capture a driver’s information and history.

“At the moment, we are seeing lots of people buying vehicles but due to the tedious process of transferring, they don’t complete the contract. This legally means they are not the owners of the vehicles.

Through the system we want to make these processes instant,” Mr Wangila said in an interview during the ongoing Connected Kenya Summit in Kwale County.

NTSA also said it is in talks with the Insurance Association of Kenya to adopt the actuary model in calculating the cover premiums.

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