KARACHI - Secretary Excise and Taxation (E&T) Department, Government of Sindh, Abdul Majeed Pathan has said that government of Sindh plans to introduce secure vehicle registration plates with inbuilt security features which will be digitally scanned through cameras at various toll plazas.

Speaking at a meeting during his visit to Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), Abdul Majeed Pathan added that these secure vehicle registration plates would prevent tampering of number plates of stolen vehicles and enhance security checks of vehicles.

Secretary Excise & Taxation informed department was preparing to launch new number plates in next fiscal year after awarding a contract to an international company for manufacturing the plates. These new plates will be fixed to the body of the vehicles and can therefore not be stolen, he added.

Commenting on concerns raised by KCCI members over collection of professional tax by multiple authorities including KMC, Excise Department and Cantonments, he said that excise and taxation department has already taken up this matter with all the authorities and it has been decided that professional tax will either be collected by the Excise & Taxation Department or by Cantonments.

He said the department plans to introduce online facility for registration of vehicles and payment of various provincial taxes via credit card whereas the number of existing NBP branches authorised to collect provincial taxes will also be enhanced.

Earlier, President KCCI Abdullah Zaki, while suggesting various proposals for Provincial Budget 2014-15, advised Sindh government to withdraw 10 percent General Sales Tax (GST) on security services provided by private security agencies. 

Vice President KCCI, Muhammad Idrees, Chairman Provincial/ Local Taxes and Allied Matter Sub-Committee KCCI, Shahzada Nasir Maqbool and other Managing Committee members were also present at the meeting.