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Requests for replacement of log books and registration number plates would not be allowed without notification issued by the Flying Squad to the registrar of motor vehicles at the Kenya Revenue Authority.
“One must first report loss or theft of log books and registration number plates to the nearest police station, then come to the Flying Squad for vetting and be issued with a notification to the registrar. The vehicle must also be inspected before you get cleared,” said Mr Julius Sunkuli, head of the Flying Squad.
Besides curbing car thefts, the measures are also aimed at breaking a tax evasion syndicate in the registration of vehicles. Unscrupulous dealers have been using KRA to issue two sets of number plates, as well as log books, at different intervals, claiming that the initial ones had been lost.
It is estimated that more than 500 vehicles on Kenyan roads share similar registration numbers. According to Mr Sunkuli, his unit must issue notification of the stolen items in a thorough process that will involve taking identity card numbers and photographs of the claimant, as well as recording of statements.
Mr Sunkuli said the new measures would block rogue brokers who have been walking into KRA headquarters at Times Tower seeking new documents with ease. In the illegal operation, dubious dealers have been using single registration documents for several vehicles which they sell to unsuspecting Kenyans.
In most cases the cars are stolen and in other instances the brokers divert vehicles in transit to neighbouring countries into the local market and avoid paying duty. Besides the loss in unpaid duty, the unsuspecting buyers end up losing their money after the vehicles are impounded by police and face criminal charges in court.
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