Islamabad- National Bank of Pakistan and Islamabad Traffic Police on Monday signed an agreement for issuance of e-tickets and payments in Islamabad Capital Territory.

The partnership will enable issuance of paperless tickets to drivers through a hand-held smart phone application along with electronic receipt to the drivers through short messaging service, a statement said. This ‘state-of-the-art’ solution being deployed by the NBP will digitalise issuance of tickets as well as payment collection at branchless banking outlets of a private bank, the statement added.

The agreement was signed by Saeed Ahmed, CEO/president of the NBP and IGP Islamabad Sultan Azam Temur, in presence of senior officials.

The initiative will bring transparency and convenience for both the people and the ITP officials to receive real-time confirmation of e-tickets along with opening of thousands of outlets for ticket payments for ease of public, as they would not have to look for a bank to pay the ticket after waiting in long ques.

Speaking on the occasion, Saeed Ahmed said, “This service offers simplification of work, which leads to time saving and minimises book-entry errors as everything will be done digitally.” We are striving to provide digital solutions to meet financial needs of the people,” he said. The NBP will also add more payment channels to create further ease to general public, he added.

IGP Islamabad Sultan Azam Temuri said while sharing his views on the occasion that the ITP was taking lead in providing digital solutions to the people. In our Safe City initiatives, we shall strive to make extensive use of digital facilities,” he said. The IGP said that convenience had become a necessity of time.

Khurram Shaikh, group head of digital banking at the private bank providing the branchless outlets under the agreement, said together with the NBP and Islamabad Police, they were looking forward to bring a positive change for the people.

Meanwhile, the ITP drive against the drivers using cell phones while driving and driving without fastening seat belt is underway and heavy fines are being imposed on the violators.

Likewise, those using non-pattern number plates on their vehicles are also facing action while those riding bikes without helmets are also being fined. Special squads have been formed while 30 pickets have been erected for checking the violations.

During the last one week, a police spokesman said, as many as 2,604 motorcyclists riding on bikes without helmets, 822 vehicles having non-pattern number plates, 1,209 motorists not fastening seat belts and 872 drivers using mobile phones while driving were fined. A total of 240 vehicles and bikes were also impounded at various police stations for involvement in various violations and not proving ownership of vehicles.

Senior Superintendent of Police (Traffic) Malik Matloob appealed the residents to avoid violating the traffic rules as the only objective was to save valuable lives of the road-users. He also asked for using number plates on vehicles issued by Excise and Taxation Office only.