ISLAMABAD: In a bid to tackle car theft and to bring greater transparency in the car ownership transfer process, the Excise and Taxation Department of Islamabad has introduced a biometric verification system.
The new system was inaugurated by Islamabad Chief Commissioner Amir Ali Ahmed who was also demonstrated of the verification process by enacting a mock verification activity.
While speaking at the inauguration of the system, he said that the introduction of such a system would result in curtailing irregularities and lower dependence on agents during the conversion process.
He added that the district administration was also looking for a solution to the parking issues outside the Excise office.
Ali further said that the use of modern technology could not only help improve the delivery of services but also make it simpler.
Excise Director Bilal Azam Khan stated that that the department has worked to provide a timely solution to various problems in available resources.
He added that the biometric system would not only bring transparency but also generate greater revenues for the department since it would halt the role of agents in the transfer process.
Apart from facilitating people who buy or sell cars in the federal capital, he said that the system will also benefit residents of the city when they try to sell their vehicle in a different part of the country.
He explained that regardless of the city they were in, the owner of a car registered in the federal capital could go to the National Database Regulatory Authority (NADRA) office — the national repository of identification data regarding all citizens of the country — closest to them where they can verify their identity and the ownership of the vehicle.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 5th, 2019.