Smart Vehicle Registration Cards (VRC) are introduced in Pakistan
 October 21, 2015
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Government of Pakistan has launched smart Vehicle Registration Cards (VRC) in the country. The new system was declared at the beginning of this year.

Since Friday, the Excise and Taxation Department has started the issuance of smart Vehicle Registration Cards (VRC). The cards will include information for both, the vehicle and the owner. It is the first time that a smartcard system has been introduced that replaces the existing registration book system. Started in January, the system was developed with help of the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA).

Just like the new Smart NICs, these smart VRCs have an installed chip similar to sim card. These cards state necessary data i.e. the detailed information of vehicle including its registration number and chassis number, and information related to owner of the vehicle including their Name, NIC number. While the cards list plenty of details on the outside, the chip is able to store other relevant and important information regarding the vehicle and its owner.

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The authority states that these smart cards provide additional security as stored data is safe from unauthorized access and prevents common tampering methods. Though, there has been no mention of the security protocols which have been implemented to make the stored data secure. Deputy Commissioner Islamabad Capt. (r) Mushtaq Ahmed said that “The basic objective of the project is to convert the decades-old system into a modern one, as is practiced internationally”.

NADRA has most important role in the launch of smart cards. The smart cards were suggested by DC Mushtaq Ahmed and Director Excise and Taxation Noman Yousuf. The system had been under development for a long time. The system was suggested to the Excise and Taxation department 10 months ago and was decided to be completed in May but due to some reasons the launch up delayed until now.

On issuance of new cards Rs 1,450 will be charged. Both, new and converted cards will be charged at the same rate. In case, that a card owner loses a card, on the owner’s complaint card will be blocked immediately. The Excise department has currently listed 850,000 vehicles. The DC said that theory department will convert old books to the new smart cards based on user requests. Stickers for Vehicle Token extension have also been announced.

The new system will also be the helpful to stop the use of stolen vehicles with fake registration books. VRC system takes place of the book system, it will bring a lot of benefits to the car owners as well as the law enforcement departments. The new smartcards are more secure and reliable.

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