How to verify your driving license issued in Punjab Pakistan

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Punjab government is offering a new online driving license verification facility for any driving license issued in Punjab. You do not even have to have your driving license number with you, it actually works based on your CNIC (Id Card) Number. You just need to enter your CNIC Number and it will show complete details about your driving license.

This is useful in couple of scenarios. Firstly, if you have lost your driving license, and when you go to traffic police office, the form you have to fill have a data field, where they as you to write in your old driving license number. You can just pull this number from this online system before going to traffic police office or even on your phone, based on your CNIC Number.

Secondly, if you are hiring someone as a driver or hiring to run your car with Uber or Careem, or even as conventional taxi, you can use their CNIC Number in this online system to verify either they have valid Driving License. System also tells other details like when the driving license was issued first time to the person, when it was renewed last time and when it is going to expire. So this all info is obviously very useful when you are going to give your car to someone to drive for your or drive as a taxi.

Now, its the time for big reveal, we have created a special short link to the driving license verification system, which is, here ‘dlv’ stands for “Driving License Verification”. By the way, government calls this system DLIMS (Driving License Information Management System) Punjab.

Oh and yes, I have shot a video and published it on youtube, about how this process works and how can you find your driving license number in Punjab if you have lost it. Or even how can you see details of someone’s driving license. So, for all this process detail, watch following video.

I am sure, you will find all this information useful. Do share your thoughts, experiences or even questions in comments section below. Also, Like use on Facebook and Follow us on twitter using the options on right side of this page. Peace!

How to renew or get driving license in minimum time in Punjab Pakistan

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Recently I have gone through the process of renewing my driving license from Rawalpindi Traffic Police office. During the process, I took time and tried to figure out how can this process be followed in a way that in minimum time one can renew or get new license.

One thing is important here, although I had gone through the process of getting my driving license renewed, however, in same queues there were people who were following exact same process to get new driving license. So basically, the process of renewing driving license is exactly same as process of getting new license, after the driving license test have been passed.

Also, although I have followed the process in Rawalpindi Office, the process is exactly same in other cities of Punjab including Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Jehlum and other cities. So these tips basically remain valid if you are getting new license or renewing your license from any city of Punjab Pakistan.

I have in fact shot a video about this topic and published it on youtube, so let me first share the video with you here first and than I will also post the detail as text, if you prefer to read. In fact their are more than one videos, but lets tackle this one by one. So following video guides you on how you can save time while getting driving license from any traffic police office in any city of Punjab.

So, the process of saving time while getting or renewing your driving license in Punjab Pakistan goes like following.

While coming to Traffic Police Office:

  1. Try not to bring your own car, there is normally too much rush and parking issues outside traffic police offices, as there are hundreds of people who will be busy getting their license, or renewing it. So better to use Uber, Careem or a Taxi while reaching to the traffic office.
  2. Reach real early in the morning like between 8 to 9 AM and never after the 9:30. As soon as the operational hours start, rush increases to too much, so if you are late, you will have to wait in long queues. So best time to reach is something like 8:30 AM.
  3. You need to bring “Two to three Passport Size Photographs” and few “Photocopies of you CNIC (ID Card)” with you. Also, if you are renewing, never forget to bring you old/expired driving license.

After Reaching Traffic Police Office:

  1. Information Counter – Go straight to information counter and ask them how much postal tickets you will have to paste for new or renewal of driving license. They are different for new license and also for renewal of license they are different based on how much time have passed since your old driving license have expired.
  2. Forms Purchase – Now go straight to forms purchasing counter and purchase the forms for new license or renewal of license.
  3. Tickets Purchase – Now Buy the tickets from the tickets counter, if post office counter is not there inside traffic police office, skip this step for now, as next step is very important and urgent due to a reason I am going to reveal next.
  4. Medical Test / Form – From the forms file you have purchase on step 2 of the process, only fill the medical page of form, paste a photo on this form and run for the queue for medical. Do not worry about filling rest of form for now. As doctor who does medical normally leaves at 11 AM, so it is very important at the moment to get medical done as soon as possible. While you are in queue for medical, normally you get chance to sit on benches, so you can fill rest of form during this time. Medical test itself is not much intense, they just see you both arms and legs for any disability and also than then test your eyes by asking you to read letters on a far away board. If passed doctor will sign the medical page of form and will give it back to you, meanwhile, he will also charge Rs. 100 from you as medical fee.
  5. Run to forms submission counter before 11 AM – As at 11 AM sharp they close the forms submission counter, so its important to get all the forms filled, photos pasted. And submit them before 11 AM on forms submission counter. After 11 AM they only call everyone who have submitted form, to data entry counters. So if you failed to submit form before 11 AM, you will have to come next working day for rest of process.
  6. Data Entry Counters / Picture / Courier Fee – After you have submitted the forms, now you will have to sit on any chairs or benches there and soon someone will call your name to come to specific data entry counter. In Rawalpindi Traffic Police office there were about 5 data entry counters working on same time, so that everyone was being called very soon after they submit the form. This number can differ in other offices in other cities. Anyways, after you reach the data entry counter, the computer operator feeds your data into a computer, for renewals he/she compares the data to any old data available and updates it if needed. Also, on same time your picture is taken with a webcam, this picture will actually end up on your driving license. The other pictures you pasted on form are only just for record. On same time the computer operator confirms your current address and charges you a courier fee (for me it was Rs. 180), as your process is complete now and your driving license will be shipped to your home via courier

Its very recent development that Traffic Police offices have now started delivering the new or renewed driving licenses to home. As I was told that my driving license will be ready in 2 weeks, so I was waiting for two weeks to complete, so that I can go and pick my driving license, to my surprise, driving license came to my doorstep via courier. At this moment I realized that on data entry counter money charged was actually the courier fee. I actually have shot a youtube video about this driving license home delivery surprise, so if you are interested, you can watch below.

Read the text above carefully and/or watch both videos above, you will understand how you can save lots of time and effort while you will be at any traffic police office in Punjab Pakistan for new driving license or its renewal. So, it is few minutes investment here to read through and to watch videos, will save you lots of valuable time at driving license office. Also share this post with your loved ones like family, friends or anyone interested in going traffic office, so their time is also saved.

Also, than later on while I was analyzing the process in my thoughts at home, I figured that this process can be further optimized by traffic police authorities so that more time of people is saved. For example, everyone had to make payment on four places, like while buying forms, while buying tickets, for medical to doctor and than finally while getting data entered to data entry counter as courier fee. So, the point is why not convert all this to one payment via a deposit instead of paying on four places and specially instead of purchasing the postal tickets from Post Office. There were few more thoughts, so I also shot and published a video about this as well on youtube, which you can watch below.

So, hope you have learned much about this process from this post and videos included into this. Do Like us on Facebook and follow on twitter from the options on right side of this page. Also, do share your thoughts and experiences in comments section below.

Income Tax Rates for Salaried Income for fiscal Year 2018-19 in Pakistan

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As this year the government in Pakistan have been changed and power have been transferred from Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), so two budgets were presented. One from the leaving government and one from new PTI Government. So there was a lot of confusion regarding the income tax rates for upcoming tax payment for fiscal year 2018-19, the tax which will be due for payment just after June 2019.

So to clear this we have done some research and here is what FBR have to say about the tax rates for salaried income for Fiscal Year 2018-19.

# Income Category Yearly Tax Amount
1 Taxable Income below 400,000 0%
2 Taxable Income between 400,000 and 800,000 Rs. 1000
3 Taxable Income between 800,000 and 1,200,000 Rs. 2000
4 Taxable Income between 1,200,000 and 2,400,000 5% of Amount Exceeding Rs. 1,200,000
5 Taxable Income between 2,400,000 and 4,800,000 Rs. 60,000 Plus 10% of Amount Exceeding 2,400,000
6 Taxable Income above 4,800,000 Rs. 300,000 Plus 15% of Amount Exceeding 4,800,000

So, as per the latest income tax rates for fiscal year 2018-19 for salaried income in Pakistan, if you earn anything up to 400,000 Rs. Yearly you are not required to pay any tax. Any one earning between 400,000 to 1,200,000 will have to pay minor 1000 or 2000 Rs. yearly. And the real tax slabs start after 1,200,000. So for anyone earning up to 100,000 monthly there is virtually no tax, which makes perfect sense, as government tried to put tax burden on people earning better and gave relief to people earning up to 100,000 monthly.

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Islamabad Traffic Violation Fines in Detail, imposed by Islamabad Traffic Police

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Currently following fines are being imposed by Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) on anyone driving/using the roads of Islamabad city for the traffic violations listed below.

  1.  Exceeding prescribed Speed Limit (Rs. 200)
  2. Carrying Passengers in public service vehicle exceeding permissible limits (Rs. 200)
  3. Violation of manual traffic signals (Rs. 200)
  4. Disobeying traffic signals
    1. Amber Flashing (Rs. 100)
    2. Red Thinking (Rs. 200)
    3. Red Light (Rs. 500)
  5. Overloading by public transport (Good Carrier) (Rs. 300)
  6. Driving a vehicle exceeding prescribed weight limits or overloading of goods 15% in excess of Limits (Rs. 500)
  7. Overloading of passengers 30% in excess of permissible limits (Rs. 200)
  8. Overloading where prohibited (Goods) (Rs. 300)
  9. Overtaking where prohibited (Rs. 200)
  10. Failure to yield the right of way to other vehicles (Rs. 100)
  11. Obstructing movement of emergency vehicles (Rs. 300)
  12. Loading in excess of restriction of dimension of goods (Rs. 300)
  13. Driving at night without proper light (Rs. 300)
  14. Driving at the wrong side of the road (Rs. 400)
  15. Improper crossing on railway track (Rs. 200)
  16. Following too closely or cutting too sharply (Rs. 200)
  17. Driving with tinted or covered glasses abstracting visibility from within the vehicles (Rs. 300)
  18. Jumping Traffic Queue (Rs. 200)
  19. Failing to dip headlight for other traffic (Rs. 200)
    1. Driving any vehicle at night on high beams or using dazzling light / powerful lamps (Rs. 200)
  20. Driving wrong way in one way street (Rs. 300)
  21. Using turns indicator for any other purpose other than those prescribed (Rs. 200)
  22. Playing where prohibited (Rs. 100)
  23. Improper loading of goods or improperly loaded goods (Rs. 300)
  24. Failing to observe lighting hours (Rs. 100)
  25. Obstructing traffic (Rs. 300)
  26. Failure to observe slow sign (Rs. 100)
  27. Riding motorcycle without safety helmet (Rs. 100)
  28. Failure to stop for a school bus (Rs. 100)
  29. Turning where prohibited (Rs. 200)
  30. Failure to protect learning driver (Rs. 200)
  31. Failure to yield right of way to pedestrian (Rs. 200)
  32. Reckless and negligent driving (Rs. 500)
  33. Careless Driving (Rs. 200)
  34. Driving without driving license (Rs. 500)
  35. Driving an unregistered vehicle (Rs. 200)
  36. Driving motor vehicle without insurance coverage (Rs. 100)
  37. Driving a transport vehicle without, or with a defective speedometer (Rs. 200)
  38. Carrying passengers in dangerous position in transport vehicle (Rs. 400)
  39. Improper turning (Turn from wrong lane) (Rs. 100)
  40. Improper lane usage (lane violence) (Rs. 300)
  41. Blowing horns in silence zone (Rs. 200)
  42. Improper U-Turn (Rs. 100)
  43. Failing to stop when required by traffic police (Rs. 300)
  44. Driving without fitness certificate (Rs. 500)
  45. Using pressure of musical horns (Rs. 300)
  46. Driving Public Service Vehicle (PSV) without permit (Rs. 500)
  47. Misbehaving with passengers (Only on complaint: Rs. 300)
  48. Driving in violation of rules or laws not otherwise provided (Rs. 300)
    1. Driving any vehicle without fastening seat belt by the driver and front seat passenger (Rs. 300)
    2. Using hand held mobile phone while driving for voice calls, text messages or videoing
  49. Smoke emitting vehicles (Rs. 500)
  50. Underage driving (Rs. 500)
  51. Repeating the same violation (Rs. 500)
  52. Abutment of above violation (Rs. 500)
  53. Violation of red light by cyclist (Rs. 500)
  54. Driving when disqualified (Rs. 500)
  55. Altering a license or using an altered / forged license (Rs. 500)
  56. Driving a transport vehicle without obtaining a license or with a license which is defective or without a license applicable to vehicle driven (Rs. 500)
  57. Taking part in an unauthorized Race or Trial or Speed (Rs. 500)
  58. Driving when mentally or Physically unfit to drive or under influence of drug or alcohol. (Rs. 500)
  59. Repeating the same violations (Rs. 500)

Parking Violations

  1. More than 0.5 Meters from the kerb (Rs. 200)
  2. Parking on side walk (Rs.200)
  3. Less than 0.5 meter from another car (Rs. 200)
  4. Parking on Zebra Crossing (Rs. 300)
  5. Less than 3 meters from fire hydrant (Rs 200)
  6. Less than 10 meters from stop sign (Rs. 200)
  7. Less than 10 meters from intersection (Rs. 300)
  8. Parking in a ‘No Parking’ zone (Rs. 300)
  9. Parking in front of entrance of premises (Rs. 300)
  10. Parking on a bus stop (Rs. 200)
  11. Parking on a bridge (Rs. 300)
  12. Parking on Foot-path (Rs. 200)

The violation details and their fines were re-shared here to the best of our knowledge. In case we have missed something or in case of any mistake, do point it out using comments below.

Also share your opinions on these violations and their respective fines, in the comments section below.

Google Goes Green with its Waving Pakistani Flag Doodle on Pakistan Independence Day 2018

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As, always what Google does is, it cares for its audience from different countries and localities. So Google changes its logo in accordance with special occasions of certain locality. So they always call those modified logos depicting those special occasions ‘Doodle’.

Enough of the background on Google doodles, Google have recently launched one such doodle to be part of Pakistan’s Independence Day celebrations in 2018. They did this many times on our Independence days, other occasions and their logo changed many times to remember people who had contributed to Pakistani society or the ones who have had a great following in Pakistanis, for whatever but good reason.

2018’s Pakistan Independence Day Google Doodle shows a Pakistani flag flying high under blue sky, on top of the word Google, as shown below.

Pakistan Independence day 2018 Google Doodle
Pakistan Independence day 2018 Google Doodle

I like the way Google shows interest in the occasions which are important to its audience from different parts of the world and wins hearts that way. I feel proud after seeing a waving Pakistani flag and somehow above doodle image have same affect. And it is great that google cared and tried to be part of Pakistanis’ Independence Day Celebrations.

Plus it is not the first time that google made a Doodle for Pakistan’s Independence Day, they did it for several years and some of these historic Pakistan Independence Day Google Doodles are depicted in following image.

Pakistan Independence Day Doodles Through time

Google Independence Day Doodle for 2017 was just an animated Waving Pakistani Flag replacing an ‘O’ in Google’s logo and the whole logo was turned into the shades or Green and of course white in Pakistani Flag.

In 2016 Doodle for Pakistan Independence Day, Google showed the historic archaeological site of Mohenjo-daro, which is situated in Sindh Province of Pakistan. This site belongs to an era estimated to be belonging to 2500 BCE and is comprised of, one of the world’s earliest major cities.

The doodle of Independence Day Pakistan from the 2015 shows the Pakistani Flag mounted on top of main entrance gate of Lahore Fort. This fort is situated in Northern city of Lahore, and belonged to the famous Muslim Mughal Emperors, who ruled in the territory for hundreds of years.

In 2014 Google opted for placing the Pakistan Monument inside its doodle for Pakistan Independence day. Construction of this monument was an initiative of Retired General Pervez Musharraf, while he was President of Pakistan. This Monument is situated in the capital city of Pakistan, Islamabad and was constructed in years 2004 to 2006. It was inaugurated in 2007 by President of time Retired General Pervez Musharraf himself. Monument is accompanied by a museum depicting the history and events of Pakistan through wax models as well as it have lots of audio and video archives etc and much more.

2013 Doodle by Google for Pakistan Independence Day featured the national animal of Pakistan called Markhor in local language and is also called ‘screw horn goat’. It is found in central Pakistan among other countries and areas. They are now very less in numbers and are classified as endangered species. Though in last decade they have managed to increased their species by 20 percent.

Pakistan independence Day Doodle of 2012 features the world famous truck art of Pakistan with colors of Pakistani flag, green and white, on center of the graphic in shape of white crescent and star, from Pakistani flag, on green background.

Google’s Pakistan Independence Day doodle of 2011 features the most important monument of Pakistan called Minar-e-Pakistan. Minar-e-Pakistan or Pakistan Tower was built to remember the 23rd March 1940’s resolution, which decided that now it is now critical for Muslims to build a separate state in subcontinent, where they can live freely and practice the teachings of their religion. Plus specially the country will not only be for Muslims but also for the minorities, who will have equal right to live in country and enjoy the freedom of practicing their own religion.

All the graphics shown above are Google’s own property and shared above to tell you a story about the several Google doodles released by Google on many Pakistan Independence Day occasions over the course of many years.

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