FASTag mandatory from Monday midnight; vehicles sans tag to pay double toll fee

New Delhi: Vehicles without a valid FASTag would be charged double the toll fee Monday onwards, as all lanes on toll plazas across National highways in the country turn into FASTag lanes Monday onwards.

The transport ministry in a statement issued on Sunday said that the transition will take effect from Monday midnight.

The ministry of road transport and highways had mandated fitment of FASTag in M and N categories of motor vehicles— meant for carrying passengers and goods respectively– with effect from 1st January onwards.

“To further promote fee payment through digital mode, reduce waiting time and fuel consumption, and provide a seamless passage through fee plazas, it has been decided that all the lanes in the fee plazas on National Highways shall be declared as ‘FASTag lane of the fee plaza’ with effect from midnight of 15th/16th February, 2021,” the ministry said in the statement.

Currently, around 75% of toll collected on National highways comes via FASTags.

Resultantly, any vehicle without a FASTag, or an invalid FASTag entering into the FASTag lane would be liable to pay two times the fee applicable to the category. The fine has been laid down in the NH Fee Rules, 2008.

Introduced in 2014, the RFID-based FASTags affixed on vehicle windscreens would enable toll to be debited from a linked account, without requiring vehicles to stop for transactions.

FASTags, however, did not pick up until a transport ministry directive in July 2019 called for equipping all toll lanes barring one across National highways in the country with electronic toll collection (ETC) infrastructure.

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In November 2020, FASTag users in the country breached two crore-mark, registering a growth of 400% in a year.



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