New Number Plates, Universal Numbers & Smart Cards for Vehicles To Be Issued

The Excise and Taxation Department has announced that it will replace traditional vehicle registration books with new digital smart cards in mid-October this year.

Along with the smart cards, the government will also launch new number plates and universal numbers. A universal number will ensure a clean registration process, that reduces chances of people evading the motor vehicle tax or getting fake number plates. It will be issued along with a Smart Card.

This number will work in all districts, as the public registry data is being moved to a central server, instead of the older system where each district had its own data.

What You Need To Know

Here are some things to keep in mind about the new smart card:

  • A smart card will cost just Rs. 500, and will expire after 5 years.
  • Expired cards will need to be replaced.
  • When an owner sells his/her car, its buyer will get issued a new smart card.
  • Each card will have its own NFC chip, that lets your card supply data to another supported device near it.
  • These cards will have special security features to prevent any malicious data forgery.

A smart card contains information related to a vehicle and its owner, including owner’s name, CNIC/passport info, vehicle’s engine and chassis number, registration number, assessed annual tax, token status, engine details, and much more.

Revamped Data Servers

A centralized system prevents duplicate number plates, as owners will not be able to register one vehicle in two different districts. The authorities will be able to know whether or not the vehicle is already registered under its chassis number.

Other than that, smart cards make it easy to pay token taxes for the citizens, and also to keep a track record of payments.

New Number Plate Design

Another change that is coming up is a newer design for number plates. According to an Excise department official, PSCA (Punjab Safe City Project) cameras have been having problems reading number plates. The current design is hard to read by the sensors, which is why a newer design is being introduced.

Some areas, like Islamabad, already started issuing registration cards instead of booklets, but it is now being made mandatory to replace the older registration books.