The number of vehicles and vehicle owners in Kenya has been increasing at an increasing rate. According to National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), by 2015, Nairobi alone registered approximately 7,000 thousand vehicles per month, a rate that could see Nairobi alone hub about 1.3 million registered vehicles by 2030. The number has however been increasing rapidly, thanks to the rising number of affordable motor vehicles Photo Courtesy
Kenya is currently on the fifth generation of number plates from KDA0001A which began late 2020. According to statistics from Kenya Bureau of Statistics, by the end of 2017, the total number of registered vehicles in Kenya was 2,989,788. The number increased to 3,280,934 in 2018, an increase of 291,146 which translates to about 10% increase per annum.
Going by this rate, the appropriate number of registered vehicles in Kenya was approximately 3.9 million by the end of 2020. Calculating the rate and considering 2021 is still in the fifth month, the rate of registration of vehicles per month will be approximately 30,000 vehicles. That means as at now, Kenya has approximately 4.1 million registered vehicles.
Going by this rate, the government will in future be forced to come up with new strategies to regulate registration and most importantly to control traffic in Kenya's major towns.
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