THE Excise Department has apparently decided to replace the motor registration books with smart cards without having informed the public about the change. The books are generally held by people who own old cars whose yearly motor tax is paid in the post office nearest to their respective residences.

The system was working adequately. From July 1, the department has barred the post offices from receiving the motor tax.

Instead, the post offices have started issuing a certificate, stating the period till which the tax has been paid in the post office, and ask the book-holders to take the document to the Excise Department.

This is highly inconvenient for people to stand in line for a long period with scores of others in the scorching heat, first to deposit the book, and then come on some other day to collect the card.

It would have been much more convenient if the department had asked the post offices to receive the books and the applicable fee, indicating when the card would be ready for collection from the post office.

The internal processing could have been done between the Excise Department and the post offices. This would have saved the public from a lot of inconvenience.

Jalaluddin Suhail
Islamabad

Published in Dawn, July 19th, 2021

Opinion

Who benefits more?
Updated 03 Aug 2021

Who benefits more?

It’s been widely assumed that China was always going to secure the most benefits.
Back to the future
Updated 02 Aug 2021

Back to the future

A civil war next door would pose serious threats to Pakistan’s security and multidimensional challenges.

Editorial

03 Aug 2021

Changing GB’s status

THE government’s plans to accord a provisional provincial status to Gilgit-Baltistan are progressing steadily and...
Taliban assault
03 Aug 2021

Taliban assault

Intra-Afghan peace talks should be promoted, but the global community must be ready for the imminent collapse of the Afghan state.
03 Aug 2021

Cancelling Aurat March

THE cancellation of Aurat March Faisalabad is exactly one of those ‘isolated incidents’ which, when viewed...
02 Aug 2021

Row over NCSW

SOME matters are simply too important to play politics on. Protection of women’s rights is one of them....
02 Aug 2021

Mismanaging LNG

PAKISTAN’S purchase of expensive LNG cargoes for the September-October delivery in less than three weeks after...
Against their will
Updated 02 Aug 2021

Against their will

Estimates indicate that some 1,000 girls from minority communities are forcibly converted to Islam every year in Pakistan.