The Excise Department is getting rid of the special colored number plates for the government and semi-official officers. Reportedly, it has submitted a summary of their decision to CM Punjab Shehbaz Sharif, whose decision would be final in the matter.
According to the Excise Department, the new number plates would have a white background just the one which is issued to a common man. The reason for this major change is the initiation of the e-challan system in the province.
The Punjab Safe Cities Authorities (PSCA) has installed ANPR cameras in the city that can capture traffic law violations and sent the electronic challan right to the offender’s door. The e-challan system is in its pilot phase and is being tested in a smaller area on the Mall Road.
While testing the new system, it was revealed that the existing number plates on the vehicles (all types) would not work with the high definition cameras that are meant to read them. Thus, the Excise Department will replace the number plates of 4.6 million cars and motorcycles with larger plates in a different color.
Previously, a Safe City official stated that the government designed and installed the scannable number plates some 10 years back; however, it is installing the cameras today. Therefore, the previously designed plates are not in compliance with the protocols of cameras that authority is deploying presently.
The new number plate for a motorcycle and rickshaw would be 150 millimeters and width 220 millimeters, whereas, for a car, the length would be 325 millimeters and width would be 152 millimeters. According to DG Excise, the numbers and letters’ size would also increase on the plates.