Punjab Excise Department is all set to replace registration books with new smart cards.
Previously, it was announced that smart cards for vehicle registration will be issued in November 2017. However, it was delayed due to unknown reasons.
According to latest reports, these smart cards will be issued in March this year.
Punjab government is aiming to digitize the process of vehicle registration through this move. It will have added benefits over the registration books including its reduced size.
These smart cards will be the size of a normal identity card unlike registration books which are always cumbersome to carry.
According to the Director of General Excise Department, all processes required for implementation of this technology have been completed.
Moreover, authorities will not force anyone to replace their registration books with the smart cards. It will be up to the owner to avail the technology or not.
The cost of availing this smart card will be Rs 500.
If an owner wants a smart card they can get it by simply visiting an excise office and paying the fee. Smart card will also feature a chip that will show its previous status.
Rest of the features which are included in the smart card are:
- Vehicle owners name
- CNIC/Passport Details
- Chassis number
- Registration number
- Date of Registration
- Engine Number
- Previous registration
- Token tax expiry date
- Number of Cylinder
- Type of body
- Color of vehicle
- Maker’s Name
- Class of vehicle
- Unladen weight
- Reg. Laden wight
- Tyre size
- Front axle
- Rear axle
- Other axle
- Year of manufacturing
- Seating capacity
- Horse power/CC
- Assessed Annual Tax of RS
The system to replace registration books with smart cards was announced two years back.
In July, 2017, the provincial government invited bids to finally implement the process but it was delayed again. Hopefully this time around, the implementation of these cards will start from Lahore.