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The new NTSA TIMS portal.

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The National Transport and Safety Authority – NTSA migrated to a New TIMS Portal.

The portal is accessible from both mobile devices (smartphones) and computers. The New NTSA TIMS Portal was created to manage the following services offered by NTSA: 

  • Motor Vehicle Ownership Transfer
  • Vehicles Records ManagementVehicle Inspection (Booking and Payment) 
  •  Vehicle Registration (New Registration and Reregistration) 

Access to the portal is free to all registered individuals. However, the services offered on the portal are payable. The following are the categories of users who can register on TIMS:  

  •  Financial Institution  Dealer  
  • Company  
  • Individual Driving School  

How to log in to the NTSA TIMS Portal (NEW NTSA TIMS Login Procedure)

The following link will take you to the log-in page of the New NTSA TIMS. https://timsvirl.ntsa.go.ke/ 

Click on the link then enter your username and password. Then Click on GET CODE. The code shall be sent to the mobile number that you registered with.

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Input the code received on the Security Code area. Then click on Sign in. Kindly note that the security code expires after a short while. 

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Only 40% Taxpayers File Returns As June 30th Deadline Approaches

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Data from the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) shows that about 41% of Kenyans targeted by the taxman have filed their returns ahead of the June 30 deadline.

By June 7, more than 2.87 million taxpayers had filed their returns, against a targeted 7.1 million taxpayers.

During last year’s same period, 3.07million people had filed their returns. The current number is almost 200,000 less.

KRA says it has been processing more than 200,000 filings daily.

The taxman estimates an increase in daily filings as the deadline nears.

Extended working hours

It has also extended working hours at the physical and online filling points to encourage growth in the figure ahead of the deadline.

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Having started on June 2, running through to June 30, the working hours at Service centres have been extended to 6:30 pm on weekdays, and staff members are reporting on weekends too.

This will try to help taxpayers beat the last-minute deadline.

This means centres are now working from 7 am to 6:30 pm to serve workers who are much engaged in their weekday job duties.

On Saturdays, the centres will open from 9 am to 1 pm in the race to have more workers and business owners file their income tax returns.

As of now, the contact centres are operating from 6 am to 12 pm Monday to Friday, then between 9 am and 4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

“Huduma Centres will however operate from 8 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday and remain closed on Saturdays,” said KRA in a notice to taxpayers.

Over-Performance in tax revenue collected

Between July 2021 and April 2022, KRA collected nearly Sh1.46 trillion. This figure is slightly higher than the Sh1.42 trillion target on a prorated target.

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In the 10 months, the tax receipts were Sh265.64 billion. This figure represents 22.31% higher than the Sh1.19 trillion the KRA collected in a similar period in the prior year.

The full re-opening of the economy after coronavirus infections fell has highly contributed to the over-performance in tax receipts this fiscal year compared to last year’s.

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Highlights of KSh3.3Trillion Uhuru’s Final Budget

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National Treasury Cabinet Secretary, Ukur Yattani presented the country’s Ksh3.3 Trillion budget for the next financial year on Thursday, April 7, before the Parliament.

Due to Kenya having General Elections scheduled for August 2022, the budget had to come two months earlier. Yattani noted that Kenya had received approval from EAC members states to present its budget two months ahead of schedule.

During the presentation, Yattani emphasized the budget’s goal to drive speedy economic recovery from the effects of Covid-19. Furthermore, its other goal is to protect low and middle-class earners in the country.

The key highlights from the budget address are as follows;

Expenditure

Healthcare

The government will allocate a total of Sh146.8 billion for healthcare.

  1. Sh62.3 billion for Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
  2. Sh7 billion for the purchase of Covid-19 vaccines.
  3. Sh4.1 billion for maternal healthcare.
  4. Sh5.2 billion for the purchase of equipment.
  5. Sh16.2 billion to fight HIV/Aids, malaria, and tuberculosis.
  6. Sh1.8 billion to provide medical cover for elderly and disabled persons.
  7. Sh5.2 billion vaccines and immunisation programmes.
  8. Sh18.1 billion for Kenyatta National Hospital.
  9. Sh11.7 billion for Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital.
  10. Sh7.7 billion for Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC).
  11. Sh2.9 billion for Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI).
  12. Sh1.1 billion for the construction of paediatrics and burns centre.
  13. Sh1.3 billion for the construction of a cancer centre at Kisii Hospital.
  14. Sh1.2 billion for procurement of family planning.
  15. Sh300 million for radiotherapy equipment.
  16. Sh619 million for procurement of equipment for the blood transfusion centre.

Education

The government has increased allocation to the education sector to Sh544.4 billion.

  1. Pre-primary education will receive Sh12 billion in the proposed budget.
  2. Sh2.5 billion will be used for teacher recruitment.
  3. Sh64.4 billion will be used for free secondary day education and NHIF cover.
  4. Sh5 billion for exam fees waiver for Grade 6 and Class 8 pupils.
  5. Sh1.9 billion will go towards the school feeding programme.
  6. Sh1.2 billion for the training of teachers on CBC.
  7. Sh46 billion for the construction of CBC classrooms.
  8. Sh310 million for the digital literacy programme.
  9. Sh2.8 billion for TVET
  10. Sh294.7 billion for TSC.

National Security

The Treasury has allocated Sh317.8billion for internal security, and national defence the National Intelligence Service (NIS).

  1. Sh128.4 billion will go to defence.
  2. Sh46.4 billion for NIS and Sh102.2billion for police and prison services.
  3. Sh10.7 billion for leasing of police motor vehicles and Sh1billion for the police modernisation programme
  4. Sh1billion for National Communication System.
  5. Sh335 million for the national forensic laboratory.
  6. Sh4.8billion for the insurance of police service and prison officers.
  7. Sh2.3billion for Group personal insurance for police service and prison
  8. Sh1billion for the National Integrated Management System.

Economy Digitization

  1. Sh15.6 billion to fund initiatives in the Information, Communication and Technology sector.
  2. Specifically, Sh620 million for Government Shared Services.
  3. Sh5.2 billion for the Horizontal Infrastructure Phase I at Konza Technopolis City, and Sh3.8 billion for Konza Data Centre and Smart City Facilities.
  4. Sh2.7 billion for maintenance and rehabilitation of last-mile connectivity network.
  5. Sh1.2 billion for maintenance and rehabilitation of the National Optic Fibre Backbone Phase II Expansion Cable.
  6. Sh1.4 billion for installation and commissioning of Eldoret-Nadapal Fibre Optic Cable.

Equity, Poverty Reduction, Women and Youth empowerment

  1. Sh13.1 billion for the National Youth Service.
  2.  Sh2.2 billion for the Kenya Youth Empowerment and Opportunities Project.
  3. Sh175 million for the Youth Enterprise Development Fund.
  4. Sh170.0 million for the Women Enterprise Fund.
  5. Sh92.0 million for the Youth Employment and Enterprise Fund.

Economic Risks

“The economic outlook may be affected by emerging domestic and external risks. On the domestic front, re-emergence of COVID-19 variants and possible adverse weather conditions could reverse the projected economic recovery.”

“On the external front, the ongoing conflict in Eastern Europe has created uncertainties that will affect the global economic outlook through disruption of supply chains, rising global oil prices and increased inflationary pressures.”

Economic Stimulus Programme

“Building on the gains made under the first and second phase of the Economic Stimulus Programme, the government is implementing the third phase which is designed to accelerate the pace of the economic growth.”

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“In the third phase, the government is implementing 13 strategic interventions including the third phase of Kazi Mtaani programme to create employment for over 200,000 youths across the country, construction of additional 50 new level 3 hospitals in non-covered and densely populated areas across the country to enhance medical coverage support the livelihoods of farmers in the sugar belt, provision of fertilizer subsidy to small scale tea farmers and completion of the ongoing interventions in the coffee sub-sector. ”

Fiscal deficit

“We plan to reduce the level of fiscal deficit from 8.7% of GDP in the current budget to 7.5% of GDP in the financial year 2021/22 and further to 3.6% of GDP in the financial year 2024/25.”

Economic Outlook

“In 2022, the economy is projected to stabilise at 6.0% supported by the prevailing stable macroeconomic environment, favourable weather conditions to support agricultural output and drive food processing (manufacturing) and the continued recovery in industry and services.”

“Covid-19 vaccinations, which target 26 million people above 18 years by the end of the year, is expected to allow people greater interactions in business activities.”

Government Bonds

“We shall establish an electronic over the counter secondary market platform for government securities. This platform will help in deepening our domestic debt market. We expect operations of the over the counter to be in place by June 2022.”

Local Manufacturing

“In order to promote local manufacturing of pharmaceutical products, I propose to introduce VAT exemption on inputs used in the manufacture of medical ventilators and breathing appliances.”

Government Debt Burden

“I’m confident we are presenting a budget that is reflective of the current realities.”

Kenya Airways

“Kenya Airways plays an important role in the economic development of this country. The government will allocate funds for its restructuring costs.”

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Steps And Requirements For One To Use The Nairobi Expressway

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Finally, long-awaited Kenya’s world-class expressway is set to commence operations anytime from now.

The 27-kilometre expressway stretches from Mlolongo through Uhuru Highway to the James Gichuru Road junction in Westlands.

The facility will be operated by Moja Expressway, a subsidiary of China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) which designed, financed and constructed the road.

Motorists who intend to use the Nairobi Expressway will be required to register with the company that will run it.

How to register

To register with Moja Expressway, one will be required to physically visit Nairobi Expressway Plaza Service Centre on Mombasa Road, opposite General Motors.

At the service centre, one will prove ownership of the vehicle (logbook). Thereafter, you will subscribe to a mode of payment you will be using.

Payment modes

It should be noted that one has to make payment for using the expressway.

There exist three modes of payment that will be used;

  • Cash payment
  • The Manual Toll Collection (MTC) card
  • The Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) service

How to apply for a Manual Toll Collection (MTC) card

An MTC card can be loaded with toll points used to pay toll fees at Toll Stations on the expressway.

Its acquisition involves the following steps;

  1. Visit the service centre at Nairobi Expressway Plaza
  2. Fill in the MTC Card Subscriber Registration form
  3. Present the required documents ID/Passport and Logbook
  4. Pay a service charge of Ksh.300
  5. Purchase toll points and activate your MTC card
  6. Load toll points into your MTC card.

How to apply for the Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) service

ETC allows toll points to be electronically deducted through the pre-installed On-Board Unit (OBU) device. This is advantageous as it offers a non-stop road service.

Its acquisition involves the following steps;

  1. Visit the service centre at Nairobi Expressway Plaza
  2. Fill in the Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) service subscriber registration form
  3. Present the required documents (ID/Passport and Logbook)
  4. Pay a service charge of Ksh.1,000.
  5. Install and activate your OBU device that will be mounted on your vehicle
  6. Purchase toll points
  7. Load toll points into your OBU device

NOTE: Minimum purchase of Toll Points for MTC is Ksh.1,000 while that for ETC is Ksh.2,000. The validation period for the two modes is one year.

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Safety measures

Besides normal traffic safety measures, the motorist using the expressway will meanwhile have two additional safety rules to operate under.

  1. Motorists using the Nairobi Expressway will be required to move at a speed of 80km/h.
  2. Taking U-turns and reversals is prohibited on the expressway, with motorists who miss the planned exit forced to proceed to the next toll station to leave.

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