Government Of Punjab Launching New Vehicle Registration System On May 31st

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A new system for vehicle registration which is also a part of the national action plan (NAP) is set to be inaugurated tomorrow by Chief Minister of Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif. The launch is expected to take place after an agreement took place on Wednesday over Vehicle Registration through auto dealers between the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB), the Excise and Taxation Department (E&TD) and the National Bank of Pakistan (NBP). In addition to this, Chief Minister’s Special Monitoring Unit (SMU) have created a DVRS software in conjunction with Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) to get this system operated.

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How will this system operate?

Initially, the new system will be launched in Lahore after which it would expand to other districts of Punjab. Fundamentally, this scheme would give qualified auto dealers the responsibility of getting their customer’s vehicles registered. Dealers would be required to send documents to the Excise and Taxation Department on customer’s behalf for verification after which they will receive registration plates and papers for the buyer. Moreover, under this system, a license plate will be registered in the name of the customer instead of the vehicle.

Why does it matter?

According to a senior member of SMU, unregulated agents ask for fees ranging from Rs. 1000 all the way up to 10,000 from the buyers for vehicle registration. Involvement of DVRS will curb the role played by agents along with quicker payment to Excise and Duty, ultimately helping to stabilize the department financially. In addition to this, the new vehicle registration system will also contribute to reducing criminal activities since unregistered cars are usually used to commit a crime.

Apart from accelerating registration times, this system will also relieve customers of visiting Excise and Taxation offices for vehicle registration ultimately saving their time.

How will it be enforced?

According to government officials, ten major auto dealers have shown interest in pursuing this system and have submitted their registration applications. In addition to this, unregistered vehicles will no longer be allowed on the roads after May 31 leaving dealers no choice other than to apply for a license.

To sum up briefly, this new initiative is a vital step forward since it will help reduce crime, corruption and fraud. Most importantly, it will save buyers hassle of registering their vehicles. Now, all Punjab Government needs to make sure is its province-wide adoption so that it too doesn’t end up as a Lahore-only initiative like many others proposed in the past.

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  1. Guest says

    Starts from “a part of the national action plan (NAP)” ……

    and then we read Punjab, Punjab, Punjab, and only Punjab.

    The last sentence is “Now, all Punjab Government needs to make sure is its province-wide
    adoption so that it too doesn’t end up as a Lahore-only initiative like
    many others proposed in the past.”

    Does the country start from Punjab and end in Punjab? To favor the author, I try to follow the logic: Of course if part of the implementation has been assigned to Punjab Govt., the sentence sounds reasonable that Punjab Govt. should ensure that the policy is implemented all over its jurisdiction, not only in one city.

    But, it also shows the biasness of the article, nowhere does the author talk about other provinces and allied areas like FATA, PATA, AJ&K. I mean how can such biased article get approved. First they talk about national action plan, then they talk about implementation only in one province, then they talk about previous failures only in that province, then they hope about success only in that province.

    Sounds like the problem is not with the government, problem is with the thinking which is present on all levels of the society.

  2. Imran Baloch says

    gr8 reply tanveer bro. also, FATA and KP areas are more terrorist affected areas, and need to implement such “National Action Plans” vigorously.

  3. Shiraz Maqbool says

    Why blame the poor author. He’s only reporting whatever news he’s got. The question “Does the country start from Punjab and end in Punjab” is better directed towards the politicians, buddy.

  4. Guest again says

    Shiraz Maqbool, the author could simply have written that the timeline of expanding national action plan to other provinces and other allied areas has not been announced.

    However his own thinking is apparent in the article, where he himself is only thinking about Lahore and only the “province-wide adoption”. He could have mentioned that the federal government is in talks with other provincial governments so that the national action plan could be made national at all. The editor checked the article (presumably). Did this go through each desk and was still not noted?

    Governments always have had bias. In fact the author himself complains that focus is Lahore and government is leaving the rest of province in dark ages. However the government has not taken the self-responsibility of improvement, mass awareness and public service like PW blog has. Therefore PW blog is expected to live up to its claim, not only in automotive related matters, but also in each and every matter.

    If you think the author has no mind of his own and is just repeating the press release like a parrot, is this what PW blog was made for?

  5. Adan Ali says

    The title of the news release clearly indicate its launch in Punjab by CM Shahbaz Sharif. It is part of the National Action Plan and Punjab as a province and Lahore as its city will take lead in enforcing this reform. It is the responsibility of governments of other provinces to enforce this initiative. The article was made by keeping in mind the auto industry of Pakistan in mind NOT “Politics” because PakWheels Blog was made to cover auto industry of Pakistan NOT “Politics”

  6. Muhammed Ovais Alam says

    Punj-aab is the new Pakistan

  7. Shiraz Maqbool says

    True, the author could have said that. Then again, if going by the press release (which I haven’t seen so I can’t comment on its contents and am assuming that it does not say anything about the other provinces) we can’t be sure that it will be expanded to the other provinces – the national action plan may also contain some improvements to specific provinces only. Again, not having seen the national action plan, I can’t say anything and am assuming this. Unless of course, you have news of its eventual expansion to the other provinces.

    As far as PW blogs is concerned, I guess the editor is better placed to answer that but I think it is quite clear that the information in the blogs has always been related to the automotive sector and commenting on the governments’ apathy isn’t their job (though that hasn’t stopped the Editor in the past from letting his opinions becoming known to his readers :D)

  8. Shiraz Maqbool says

    Whoa – chill, author. Criticism is a part of learning. Learn to take it positively and you might want to improve your articles next time based on Guest’s feedback – I for one respect his opinions immensely, even if I occasionally disagree with them. A news release should not include your opinions – that should be stated upfront and no additions should be made to a news release. A news article should be a critical analysis of a release with only additional facts reported as found. An opinion (which is what most articles here are) may do so but then you should’ve tagged it as such.

  9. Lazy Sapper says

    I think this rabid guest just escaped from “Pagal Khana” and rushed towards PW to post his silly comments.

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