Urgent reforms and actions requested in Excise and Taxation Department
Citizens Police Liaison Committee has been supporting the Sindh government and the Sindh Police in identifying causes and combating crime for the past thirty year. This has been an excellent journey of mutual support and partnership that we plan to continue and enhance.
Our experience and study on vehicles, spread over past many years, has revealed that introducing certain controls and taking certain actions by the Excise & Taxation Department can produce excellent result in further control of crime, militancy, and motor vehicle tax evasion. The specific measures that are requested to be implemented by the Excise and Taxation Department on urgent basis are as follows:
1. All new car purchase be linked to not just a CNIC but also to biometric verification of the buyer. (on the same pattern as used for purchase of SIM for a mobile phone). Biometric verification ought to be an essential mandatory part of the new car registration process.
2. The Excise and Taxation Department ought to have sufficient inventory of number plates to issue an official number plate within 24 hours of a request for a new car registration.
3. No car must be allowed on the road even for one day without an officially provided number plate of the Sindh E&T department. This must be made obligatory for all car dealers. No car dealer must release a car unless an official number plate has been provided by the E&T department – which should happen within 24 hours of the registration request.
4. Currently it takes many months before the registration details of a new car purchased by a buyer are uploaded on the Excise and Taxation website. The uploading of new car registration data must take place simultaneously, or at best within 24 hours of the registration of a new car.
The above actions have serious consequences on vehicle related crimes in the province. It is therefore requested that the above mentioned four actions may be implemented at the highest priority.