Recently Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways issued orders to make FASTag compulsory at all toll plazas across country from 15th February 2021.

Points To Note

  • This decision was taken to promote fee payment using the digital mode, to reduce the waiting time and fuel consumption.
  • It would also provide a seamless passage of vehicles through the fee plazas.
  • In accordance with the National Highways Fee Rules 2008, If any vehicle which is not fitted with FASTag or vehicle which do not have a valid, functional ‘FASTag’ will enter into the ‘FASTag lane’ of the fee plaza will have to pay fee equal to 2 times the fee which is applicable in that category.
  • As per the order, there would be no more extension of deadline.

About FASTag

  • The FASTag is an electronic toll collection system which is operated by the National Highway Authority of India in India.
  • This system uses the Radio Frequency Identification technology to make the toll payments.
  • The payments are deducted directly from the prepaid or savings account of the toll owner.
  • The FASTag is affixed on the windscreen of vehicles.
  • FASTag enables to cross the toll plazas without stopping for transactions.
  • FASTag can be purchased from official Tag issuers or participating Banks.
  • This system has unlimited validity and in order to provide seamless movement, dedicated FASTag Lanes have been built at the toll plazas.

Recent Development

State-run oil marketing companies like Indian Oil Corporation, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited had signed MoU (Memorandum of understanding) in January 2019 to enable the use of FASTag in order to make purchases at petrol pumps. This move will further encourage the faster adoption of this mechanism. As per the data till September 2019, FASTag lanes are available across 500 national and state highways. Further, more than 54.6 lakh cars have been enabled with FASTag.

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