LAHORE - Chief Minister has directed the Excise, Taxation and Narcotics Control (ET&NC) authorities to launch a crackdown on people doing the business of illegal number plates.

To enforce the crackdown, an action plan has been devised and notification for the purpose has been issued.

It says general holdup may start immediately for checking of unregistered vehicles, issuance of number plate along with updated token taxes up to June 2017 and for creating public awareness for receiving of number plates.

Legislation in this regard is underway and those involved in displaying and manufacturing of non-standardised number plates would have to face punishment of heavy fine and imprisonment also.

A senior Excise and Taxation officer said to maintain law and order and security issues, the Punjab government was taking steps and displaying standardised registration number plates is one of them.

The Punjab ET&NC has issued licences to car dealers for registration of vehicles before these hit the road, he said, adding that no vehicle would be seen on road displaying number plate of “Applied For”.

“We have received 26 applications from car dealers seeking licence for registration of vehicles at their show rooms and we have issued only eight licenses so far”, an Excise officer said.

Licences issued to the car dealers was a pilot project and after its success the same would be issued in other districts like Faisalabad, Rawalpindi, Multan and other districts of the province.

The officer said that licences were being issued to the only those dealers who were registered with car manufacturing company, having good reputation and sound financial conditions.

Apart from this ET&NC authorities were also conducting police verification and checking bank statements of the candidates after which rest of the licenses will also be issued.

Statistics available with The Nation revealed that 30 car dealers from Multan, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi, DG Khan, RY Khan, Bahawalpur and Bahawalnagar have sent applications seeking registration licences.

Notices will be issued to the owners of vehicles who have not yet contacted the Excise, Taxation & Narcotics Control Department.

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The notification issued by Chief Minister office said that warning letters should be issued to the owners of the vehicles who have not displayed the number plates issued by the department.

ET&NC DG further issued directives to the Regional Directors to start  General hold-ups in collaboration with Local Police / Traffic Police immediately for checking of unregistered vehicles, token tax, number plates of registered vehicles.

Motorists unwilling to travel to the districts from where they have registered their vehicles may be allowed to submit their fee in their home district.