SIALKOT

As many as 200,000 applicants have been waiting for the computerised numberplates for the last two and half years in Gujranwala Division despite making advanced payment to the Excise and Taxation Department.

The government had computerised all the records of all the motor registration branches across the Punjab in July 2007. The E&T Department had collected Rs400 per motorcycle and Rs1,000 per motor car for registration and allotting them computerised registration plates till 2012.

Since then, more than 200,000 applicants from Gujranwala Division have been waiting for their computerised registration numberplates. At the beginning of 2014, the E & T Department had pledged to provide numberplats to all the applicants till July 2014, but it remained in vain. When contacted, District Motor Registration Authority Nouman Khalid said that the department had repeatedly brought the matter into the notice of the provincial high-ups for the early provision of the numberplates to commuters but to no avail.