April 20, 2021

All toll lanes at Nationwide Highways to show into FASTag lanes Monday onwards

New Delhi: Autos with out a legitimate FASTag could be charged double the toll charge Monday onwards, as all lanes on toll plazas throughout Nationwide highways within the nation flip into FASTag lanes Monday onwards.

The transport ministry in a press release issued on Sunday mentioned that the transition will take impact from Monday midnight.

The ministry of street transport and highways had mandated fitment of FASTag in M and N classes of motor vehicles— meant for carrying passengers and items respectively– with impact from 1st January onwards.

“To additional promote charge fee via digital mode, cut back ready time and gas consumption, and supply a seamless passage via charge plazas, it has been determined that each one the lanes within the charge plazas on Nationwide Highways shall be declared as ‘FASTag lane of the charge plaza’ with impact from midnight of 15th/16th February, 2021,” the ministry mentioned within the assertion.

At the moment, round 75% of toll collected on Nationwide highways comes through FASTags.

Resultantly, any automobile with out a FASTag, or an invalid FASTag getting into into the FASTag lane could be liable to pay two occasions the charge relevant to the class. The superb has been laid down within the NH Payment Guidelines, 2008.

Launched in 2014, the RFID-based FASTags affixed on automobile windscreens would allow toll to be debited from a linked account, with out requiring autos to cease for transactions.

FASTags, nonetheless, didn’t decide up till a transport ministry directive in July 2019 referred to as for equipping all toll lanes barring one throughout Nationwide highways within the nation with digital toll assortment (ETC) infrastructure.

In November 2020, FASTag customers within the nation breached two crore-mark, registering a development of 400% in a 12 months.