Mobile Phone Toll Tax Payment on National Highways & Motorways in Pakistan

Pakistan is the 6th most populous country of the world and is a developing economy. It has a human population of more than 180 million, about 9 million of registered vehicles and 259,463 length of roads. Road is the most used mode of transport for passengers and freight traffic. About 95% of freight traffic and 90% of passenger traffic is carried out through the road. The intercity travel is carried out through national highways and motorways. Pakistan has 9555 highway kilometres and 632 kilometres of motorways. These national highways and motorways have toll tax points on every 70-100 kilometre distance and a certain amount of tax is collected from every vehicle depending upon its size. These toll plazas are auctioned every year to contractors who collect toll tax from the vehicles and submit a certain percent of money as the road tax to the government. Since there is no existing mechanism for counting the vehicles on the toll tax, contractors in collusion with road authority officials declare less vehicle traffic flow and therefore have a less amount bidding for the toll tax point; thereby, a large amount of money is being hushed up by contractors and the road officials, resulting in a huge loss to government income. There is a need to improve the toll tax collection mechanism by involving some electronic mode of payment that should be user friendly and transparent to ensure maximum accountability. Use of Mobile Phone banking in Road Toll Tax collection can be helpful in streamlining the mechanism, making the process efficient and transparent. In Pakistan there are more than 50 million mobile phone users, and drivers of the vehicles mostly own a mobile phone for their travel related communications. Therefore, there would be no hurdles in shifting from the manual toll tax mechanism to a Mobile Banking based automated toll tax collection mechanism and the transition would be smooth. The significance of the Mobile Phone Banking based Road Toll Tax Collection Points: 1) It will be user friendly; 2) Statistics of traffic flow will be recorded automatically to know the number of vehicles using a road; 3) It is less prone to corruption as it is automated; and, 4) More funds can be collected and can be utilized for improvement of the road sector.

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  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: 5p
  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of the 25th World Road Congress - Seoul 2015: Roads and Mobility - Creating New Value from Transport

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01670556
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9782840604235
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 0243
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 2 2018 4:45PM