Car owners will now be required to use an electronic chip licence beginning next month.

The National Transport and Safety Authority(NTSA) will on October 1 launch the licences which are “very difficult to counterfeit”.

The chip will secure identification and authentication of vehicle ownership. Other features include motorists’ biometric details, a demerit point system, and a payments wallet.

NTSA Director General Francis Mejja said on Tuesday: “It is convenient, user-friendly and portable since you can put it in your wallet just like any other cards.”

The payments wallet will enable drivers to make on-the -spot payments for traffic offences they might commit and cater for any other costs.

The demerit system is intended to tame traffic offenders.

“The most common offence by drivers is driving wrongly. We believe the licences will help tame traffic offenders as the cost is high. It will help change their behaviour,” Meja said.

Motorists will part with sh3,000 for the three-year licences, up from the current Sh1500.

“After the launch, whoever wishes for a renewal will be required convert to the new licence.”

Meja added that the migration is expected to take place in three years.