The Rawalpindi Excise, Taxation, and Narcotics Control (ET&NC) department recently suspended manual transfers of old and new cars in order to implement a new biometric system.
As a result, the department is losing millions of rupees every day. According to a recent report, the ET&NC department has not been able to transfer a single vehicle in Rawalpindi since the launch of the new system three days ago because it has yet to computerize the data of old vehicles.
Due to the lack of computerized records for old vehicles, the department had to reject 429 vehicle transfer requests in the last three days. Disgruntled applicants have requested that the new system be suspended immediately, claiming that it is overly complicated.
Tariq Khan, President of the Transport Federation, and Malik Ghulam Mustafa, Secretary of the Transport Federation, have proposed delaying the switch to the new system by 6 months so that the ET&NC can continue to accept old applications while upgrading their computerized database.
Rawalpindi division offices have recorded an annual revenue loss of Rs. 150 million due to people opting for the Islamabad Excise Department for the transfer of old cars. In addition, the registration of new vehicles and motorcycles in Rawalpindi has dropped by 30%.