ISLAMABAD: Excise and Taxation Rawalpindi is finalizing all the arrangements to issue smart cards to vehicle owners from March 1.
According to Excise and Taxation Rawalpindi Director Tanveer Abbas Gondal, the new vehicle registration system is being introduced for facilitation of the citizens.
He said that the system was to be introduced from Jan 1 but got delayed for two months. The whole process would include smart cards, number plates and universal registration number.
Talking to APP, Excise and Taxation Admin Officer Numan said that the Excise and Taxation Department and Punjab Safe City Project (PSCA) had proposed to introduce new vehicle number plates design for the province. The reason behind new number plate design is that the CCTV cameras were not able to detect and read the current number plates and the modified size and font of the universal number plates would make them camera-readable, he added.
“From March 1st, universal number plates will be issued across the province,” he said.
He said that the Punjab government is going to introduce a new system of vehicles registration from March 1st which will not only discourage fabrication, forged documents but streamline the whole process of registration. No one can get registered a vehicle already registered with same chassis number in any other district of the province, he added.
He further said that the universal number system would help curtail the registration load on big districts like Lahore and Rawalpindi due to their higher resale values and small districts would be able to get their share of the revenue.
“The new system would help eliminate corruption and use of vehicles with fake number plates in crimes. It will also help eliminate the tendency of late registration of vehicle and evasion of motor vehicle tax,” he said.
The new system would facilitate the vehicle owners in paying token tax in any part of the province.
Responding to a question, he said that it was not possible earlier as all the districts of the province had their separate vehicle registration record on independent servers which was further transferred to provincial capital after a gap of 15-20 days but last year all the districts were interconnected and now a centralised system exists and the complete registration data is available at the main server.
He said that under the new system, the universal number plates would also be provided with smart cards which would have all record of the sale and purchase of the vehicles. The smart card would replace the registration book and it would have over six security features, he added.