Highway Toll Plazas will be computerized

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Computerization is synonymous to technological advancement in Pakistan, a county which is strife with corruption and a digital system would only do its best in bringing down, and yet, that is the reason why we’re slow to move from typewriters and ‘parchi’ system to computers. National Highway Authority (NHA), though quite late to the party but has now taken the “decision” to computerize its toll plazas on highways while the rest of the world has already moved to RFID (UAE’s Salik).

NHA Chariman, Shahid Ashraf Tarar spoke to a meeting saying that this system will ensure transparency across the network of its toll plazas, while stating that the tax collected at toll plazas is the main source of income for NHA, but due to lack of transparency, the income was lower than it should be.

And for that reason, NHA has taken the decision to implement a computerized system which they believe will double their revenue and hopefully, also brings some improvement in the system with emergency services and better roads perhaps?

There three other sources of revenue generation for NHA i.e., weigh stations, police fine, and private businesses set up on NHA’s right-of-way. He also stated, “Recent reforms in the shape of key performance indicators have been introduced in NHA and all departments and sections are now obligated to submit monthly performance and oil expenditure reports to the HQ”, “These measures have introduced considerable measure of transparency and efficiency in NHA.”

The following road projects though were told to be on NHA’s top-priority; Pak-China Economic Corridor, Karachi-Lahore Motorway, and Hazara Expressway.

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  1. Muhammad Farhan Sabir says

    Well I am not sure if you are aware of it or not. there is e-tag system in place ince like a decade by now for use on Motorway

  2. Taimoor Khan says

    Well its a good step. But I want to divert your attention to the recent increase in the toll rates across the Pakistan. I just wanted to know if the government is taking toll taxes for every 75 km we travel on National Highway than why they take the yearly Motor Vehicle Tax. We pay huge sum at the time of registration than comes the yearly taxes and on the top of it the constant price hike in NHA toll plaza's without any prior notification. Many of us would have experienced this price hike was sudden people quarreled over it.

  3. Sardar Alam Khan Mehmoti says

    but these days if they just maintain the e-tag system that would be enough. at most of the toll booths the system are not in perfect condition. they couldn't coup with load shedding, secondly the display screens are out of screen now. and the thing i am suffering from is inter toll tax deduction. for so many times i have been charged twice the amount notified. the other issue is highlighted by Taimoor khan. which is very unjust that without any valid justification and notification.

  4. Sardar Alam Khan Mehmoti says

    and upon inquiry, they told me to request to e-tag issuance booth for detailed information. this is rubbish!

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