The National Transports and Safety Authority has announced that it is in possession of over 4000 smart driving licenses awaiting collection at their offices in Nairobi.
The new smart Driving licenses which were first rolled out in 2018, is an effort by NTSA to improve road services and curb careless driving in Kenya.
The Smart Driving Licences are upgraded and look like ATM cards, but they contain the driver’s information such as names, blood type, biometric information, and offenses committed.
Something interesting about the Smart Driving Licences is that they are loaded with 100 points when they are acquired, and a point is deducted each time the driver commits a traffic offense.
When the points on the Smart Driving Licences reach 40, the Licence is automatically canceled and the driver will have to wait for at least six months to make a reapplication.
The Smart Method reduces the rate of collusion between NTSA officials and the Drivers as it involves cashless transactions that are recorded into the NTSA’s system.
A driver who has committed a traffic offense will make payments using the card of using which is only compatible with NTSA’s machines.
A new Smart Driving Licence is acquired at 3000 shillings and is limited to a period of three years.
The New Smart Driving Licences is a move by NTSA to improve services by abandoning the analog forms and embracing the digital era.
Those who had applied for the Smart Driving licenses can now go and check their cards at the NTSA’s Headquarters in Upper Hill.
To apply for the new license, you can visit the NTSA customer portal and follow the required procedures. You will have to book an appointment before visiting NTSA’s offices at Upper Hill.