Driving a vehicle without proper documentation is considered a serious crime in Pakistan. It is the violation of traffic rules, which can get you ticketed and you may end up paying heavy fines. Failure to present driving-related documents to the authorities may even lead to vehicle confiscation and license cancellation in worst-case scenarios. So, to educate our readers about all the important documents required for driving in Pakistan, we have compiled a small guide. In this blog, we’re going to list down and discuss each of the essential driving-related documents in detail and will also shed light on some important road safety measures.
Let’s get started!
Important Documents Required for Driving in Pakistan
All the essential driving-related documents in Pakistan have been listed as under:
- Driving License
- Vehicle Ownership Documents
- Vehicle Insurance Documents
- Route Permits (If Required)
A driver’s license, commonly known as a driving license in Pakistan, is one of the most useful documents you should keep with you while driving. It is the documented proof that makes you a certified driver. You may face a fine of PKR 5000 and above in case you’re driving without a license. This is why a driving license has been included in the list of documents you should carry when driving in Pakistan.
On a side note, if you haven’t applied for a driving license in Pakistan yet and want some guidance in this regard, then we have got you covered. Take a look at our detailed blog posts on how to apply for a driving license in Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad, depending on the city you live in.
Vehicle Ownership Documents
The second important thing you may be asked about if a traffic constable pulls you over is probably your vehicle ownership documents. Such documentation may include all necessary records that verify the legal registration of your vehicle and other details about it like its model and chassis number. Hence all documented proofs and records verifying your car ownership are among the most important documents required to drive in Pakistan.
The authorities may also have the right to confiscate your vehicle in case you fail to present the required car ownership documents. So, to avoid going through such a hassle, you should always carry your vehicle registration documents with you. Be extra careful with such sensitive documents and try not to lose them.
A lot of people may not know about it but according to the law, it is mandatory for you to have a third-party vehicle insurance policy if you want to drive in Pakistan. The benefit of this insurance policy is that it provides you financial coverage to pay for the damage caused by your vehicle to someone else’s property in an accident.
So, all your third-party insurance-related records are also among the essential documents required for driving in Pakistan. On a side note, if you want to learn more about different types of car insurance policies and how to file a car insurance claim in Pakistan, read these blogs.
Route Permits (If Required)
Route permits are not usually required when you drive around the streets in your neighbourhood or travel along smaller road links in the city. In fact, you may need special permits to take your vehicles on the main roads or expressways, connecting multiple metropolitan areas. For example, you may be charged some fee whenever you pass through a toll plaza on a motorway or a highway. It acts as your route permit to get on to the next section of the road.
Keep the receipt you collect from the toll plaza as a proof that can be shown to any of the patrolling officers if they pull you over. It becomes one of the essential documents to carry when driving in Pakistan, especially for intercity travelling. On a side note, you may like reading our detailed post on how the National Highway and Motorway Police (NH&MP) operates in Pakistan.
Quick Fact: Stricter rules are put in place for heavy traffic vehicles (HTVs) and commercial vehicles as compared to private cars in terms of route permits in Pakistan. This helps the authorities to effectively monitor and regulate the flow of heavy traffic on different roads across the country.
Road Safety Measures in Pakistan
You may also get a traffic ticket if you’re not following the traffic signs and road safety measures while driving. So, to guide you further in this regard, here we have listed some of the most important road safety rules in Pakistan. Take a look!
- Wear a seatbelt when you’re driving a car.
- Wear a helmet when you are taking a bike ride.
- Never take sudden turns, always look into the mirror before making your move.
- It’s better to stay in your lane instead of overtaking and going the wrong way.
- Make sure you indicate whenever you’re switching lanes or turning left or right.
- Always respect the speed limits of the road you’re driving on.
- Avoid texting or using your cellphone while driving as it is important for the safety of your own and others on the road.
These are some important traffic rules that you should follow if you don’t want to get fined or put yourself in danger. For more information in this regard take a look at our comprehensive post on all the important road safety measures and traffic signs in Pakistan.
Now that we have discussed all the important driving-related documents in Pakistan, it’s time for us to wrap up this piece. If you want further information on any of the above-listed documents, feel free to get in touch with us at email@example.com. We’ll try our best to get back to your emails as soon as possible.
On a side note, you may also like taking a look at some other useful blog posts regarding vehicle registration and verification in Pakistan that have been listed as under:
- Way to Check Your Bike Registration in Pakistan
- Your Guide to Verifying Vehicle Ownership in Pakistan
- How to Verify Your Vehicle Registration By SMS
- Online Vehicle Verification in Pakistan: Step-by-step Process
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