Vehicle Registration smart card in Pakistan

With a rapid increase of car sales, Punjab government announced that vehicle’s registration smart card will replace book.

A chip-based smart card which will display information listed below:

  • Vehicle owners name
  • CNIC/Passport Details
  • Registration number
  • Date of Registration
  • Chassis number
  • Token tax expiry date
  • Engine Number
  • Number of Cylinder
  • Type of body/Color
  • Previous registration
  • 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 new smart-card would be similar to CNIC card. It would will make it very easy to identify fake vehicle no. plate or registration papers.

The new system was announced two years back, however Punjab government is now becoming serious about its implementation. The Excise and Taxation Department aims to replace Automated Registration Card (ARC) by November of the current year.

The following information is present at Nadra’s official website:

After the launch of chip-based National Identity Cards being introduced in the country, a new smart system for vehicle registration has finally been launched in Pakistan. Excise and Taxation Department has started to issue the Vehicle Registration Card.

Currently, Excise of the Islamabad has accumulated a database of about 70,000+ vehicles. Before launching it officially, a two months trial period will be executed. The current vehicles owners with registration book can easily get this card for Rs.1450. Moreover, it will come with a sticker which can be placed on windscreen and it will show the all data.

Benefits of chip-based smart card

The high-end smart card main motive is to detect and impound illegal cars. This security system, i believe can improve the law and order situation in Pakistan because most of the high profile criminal activities are abetting by illegal vehicles. This would make it easy to catch stolen vehicles. In case someone misplaces his/her card, he would register an FIR and can block his card to ensure no-one uses it in some criminal or terrorist activity. It would save the trouble of police inquiries faced by the general public.

Additionally, a buyer can easily gather information about the car’s registration. Furthermore, the car owner would be more easy to carry. Smaller size would be more manageable to carry.

Islamabad’s Motor Registration Authority official said:

News about our initiative caught the attention of the law enforcement agencies of other security-rocked areas, and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa authorities formally wrote to us for inquiries and help.

Personally, i think this is a great step. The annoyance caused ‘when you forget papers and police stops you’ is painful. This would save the day of all folks at the end i.e LEA’s and the general public.

Challenges Ahead

The department of Excise & Taxation issues almost 2 million books every year. The department needs candidates which are able of publishing at least 2 millions annually.

Moreover, department requires an secure back-end system which is capable of holding large amount of data. An online system with such large database would incur huge costs in terms of finance, human resources.

In addition, the system needs to be durable i.e remains active 24/7. A crash would cause trouble.

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