In a significant move towards modernization, the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) is collaborating with the Department of Excise and Taxation Punjab to upgrade its vehicle registration system, which has remained unchanged for the past 18 years. This much-needed transformation has scheduled to take place from September 7 to 10, 2023.
The Director General of Excise & Taxation Punjab, Muhammad Ali, has shed light on the current state of the system. He mentioned that the existing system has initially launched back in 2005 and has since amassed data on approximately 23 million vehicles. However, it has struggled to efficiently manage this substantial amount of data, resulting in daily operational challenges.
Ali emphasized that the forthcoming modernization effort aims to address these issues comprehensively. The upgraded system will not only eliminate performance slowdowns and security vulnerabilities but also enhance service delivery to the public.
While the modernization effort will bring numerous improvements, it’s important to note that digital and online payment options will not be immediately available at motor branches throughout Punjab. Manual payments will still be possible at the nearest Excise Department branch.
Furthermore, Ali highlighted the paramount importance of data security in the new system. It has designed to safeguard the information of both vehicles and their owners, providing a more secure environment for this critical data.
After the upgrade process has completed, motor registration branches set to resume their regular operations starting from September 11. This overhaul reflects the Excise & Taxation Department’s commitment to evolving into a paperless entity, aligning with the directives of the Chief Minister and Chief Secretary of Punjab. The modernization of the vehicle registration system is a significant step towards improving efficiency, security, and user experience for the citizens of Punjab.