Vehicle’s registration book will be replaced by a smart card by November 2017
The excise department of Punjab has announced that smart card will replace one’s vehicle’s registration book. The new announced smart card will feature a near field communication chip which will display the information regarding the vehicle such as the chassis number of the vehicle and the expiry date of the token tax. Moreover, it will also hold the information detail of vehicle’s owner.
The new smart card will be just like smart NIC cards which the Federal Government had introduced in the country.
The project was announced by Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif two year back but was delayed till now due to some unknown reasons. According to excise dept, the smart cards will be launched by November 2017.
The excise department invited bidders to bid for Automated Registration Cards (ARC) in April 2017. After evaluating the bids, the winner will be awarded a contract by the end of July 2017.
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