The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has issued a warning over the use of customized number plates.

According to a notice by the Authority, it is illegal to use customized plates not issued by the agency. 

In the Monday notice, NTSA noted the Authority noted with concern that ‘there is a widespread violation of Rule 5 (a) of the Traffic (Registration Plates) Rules 2016.’

The rule forbids civilians from manufacturing or selling reflective registration plate or third registration plate licenses without written consent from the Authority.

The NTSA further noted that some plates being used by some motorists are not of the ‘prescribed design’ to section 12 (1) of the Traffic Act.

NTSA adds that newly registered motorbikes were using printed papers indicating the registration instead of the required plates.

Motor vehicle and bike owners whose plates are not duly recognized by the Authority have been advised to cease their usage failure to which they will be prosecuted.

According to NTSA laws, it costs. It costs Sh 1,000,000 to register a personalized car number plate. For replacement of lost or defaced personal plate is it costs 50,000. The annual charge of maintaining the plates amounts to Sh50,0000.