KARACHI: Sindh Excise and Taxation Department is reluctant to issue motorcycle number plates to over 100,000 people since last six months, forcing people to purchase those illegally from vendors sitting outside excise office in Civic Centre and minting money.
In 2010, Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah approved summary related to standardized registration plates for motorcycles and auto-rickshaws in Sindh, following the footstep of Punjab government, where the same project was implement years before.
According to excise department official, more than 100,000 motorbikes have been registered during 2014, however, due to delay in tender from the excise department to print number plates, people have been forced to buy it from outside. He said that the motorcycle number plates having series from KHB to KHJ had not been issued during 2014.
Mohammad Shakaib, who purchased his bike in January, told PPI that he had not received his number plate yet and the officials at the excise office were telling him on his each visit to come after a month. “During the initial weeks, I did not highlighted any number plate showing non-issuance of number plate letter from excise, however, harassment from traffic police officials forced me to buy an unregistered number plate,” he said.
Meanwhile, when contacted, Deputy Director Administration Excise Department Riaz Khoso said that the amount required from finance department to publish number plates was not yet received which was causing hurdles in issuing the plates.
He said that process for issuing tender had begun and the department would start issuing plates from August 2014.
“Sindh government has allocated Rs 2.5 million for stationary, Rs 50 million for printing registration books, Rs 50 million for motorcycle number plates and Rs 12.5 million for four-wheel vehicle number plates in 2014,” he said adding that they had approved Rs 1 million for stationary, Rs 15 million for registration books, Rs 15 million for two-wheeler number plates and Rs 8 million for four-wheeler number plates.
Khoso said the department had received amounts for four-wheelers, printing registration books and stationary however, the amount for the two wheelers was not yet issued.
Khoso said that it was illegal to run a bike without registered number plate, however, people having authentication from excise department of non-issuance of number plate that allows them to either purchase plates from outside or inscribe their registration number at bikes.