Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) has launched an online car registration process which will require the fingerprints of the owner for the purpose.
The move is expected to stop or at least minimize the fraudulent activities at the time of sale and purchase of vehicles.
Director of Excise and Taxation, Bilal Azam Khan, confirmed the news. He said the new form will be available on the department’s official website soon.
The development will not only ease off the pressure at the excise offices but will also control the increasing fraudulent and theft activities in Islamabad, he said.
The Director of Excise and Taxation was hopeful that the new registration process will facilitate people who want to register their sale or purchase with the department.
He hoped that the process will end the long queues outside the department’s office and that the people will be able to register their vehicles faster and smoother. He also added:
After March 1, no car will be transferrable on an open transfer letter and the seller/purchaser will have to go through a proper procedure that requires fingerprint verification.
Experts believe that the move will bring an end to the ‘agent mafia’ who dupe people into paying exorbitant sums to get their registration done quicker, a process which is free and will also end illegal transfer of the vehicles.
Excise director also said that this procedure is new in the country, and if successful, will be replicated at excise offices across the country.
While the move offers ease to the purchasers of a car, who no longer have to stand in long queues at the excise office, it remains same for the sellers.
The purchaser can simply visit any nearby NADRA office to get their fingerprints verified and submit it to the seller. The sellers, however, will have to visit the excise department to pay the requisite government fees and tax.