Punjab Driving License Fees Hikes Up To 1566%
Every day, thousands of people travel to licensing offices as part of the nation’s most populous area, Punjab, which is cracking down on unlicensed drivers.
Along with making license cards essential for everyone operating a vehicle, the government also announced a significant increase in the driving license cost effective January 1st, 2024.
The Lahore Traffic Police announced the news on social media platform X, saying that the government of Punjab had raised the license cost for cars and motorcycles from Rs 60 to Rs 1000 starting on January 1, 2024.
It stated, “You have until December 31, 2023, to obtain your driving license at the current rates. This is your golden time slot.”
Online Access for Expatriates in The US and Pakistan
As the local populace struggles with the significant fee increase, the cabinet’s measures also carry an unexpected benefit for US nationals and Pakistani expats living in the US, Canada, or any other nation.
Currently, these people can pay $100 and complete an easy online process to get a driving license.
Decisions made by the cabinet have an impact that goes beyond learner drivers’ licenses. The cost of obtaining a driving license for both light and heavy vehicles, as well as a Public Service Vehicle (PSV) license, has gone up.
Strike Against Unlicensed Driving: Lahore High Court’s Unwavering Position
The rulings follow an order from the Lahore High Court imposing severe penalties on drivers who drive without a valid license.
Judge Ali Zia Bajwa expressed displeasure at rule infractions while highlighting the significance of adhering to traffic regulations.
To better meet the requirements of farmers in the Cholistan region, the provincial cabinet has decided to allocate government land through an open fortunate draw. This action seeks to distribute essential resources in a fair and equitable manner.
Following the significant hike, social media users criticized the provincial government, calling it a “deviant” decision that would deter people from applying.
The learner’s permit holders faced harsher punishments earlier from the Lahore traffic police. The police declared that although they will not file charges against holders of learner’s permits, they will still be fined Rs 2,000.