NEW DELHI :
From December 1, expect less traffic at toll plazas across highways in India but also get ready to pay double the toll tax if FASTag is missing from your vehicle. To promote seamless movement of vehicles and minimise traffic congestion at toll plazas, the ministry of road transport and highways has made it mandatory for all vehicles to have FASTags.
What is FASTag
Based on radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, FASTag is affixed on windscreen of vehicles. FASTag-affixed vehicles do not have to stop at toll gates as charges are deducted from the prepaid or bank account when the vehicle is moving. Drivers do not have to stop their vehicle to make transactions as the toll collection will be done electronically under the National Electronic Toll Collection (NETC) programme.
The new FASTag rule
From December 1, all lanes in all toll fee plazas on national highways across the country will turn into dedicated FASTag lanes. According to the National Highways Fee (Determination of Rates and Collection) Rules, 2008, a FASTag lane in a toll plaza is reserved exclusively for the movement of FASTag users. If you are passing without FASTag, you will be charged double the fee.
One lane has been kept as hybrid where FASTags as well as other modes of payment will be accepted.
How to buy FASTags and recharge it
Besides select bank branches and point-of-sale at toll plazas of national highways, selected bank branches, FASTags can be bought online through e-commerce portal Amazon. After you buy it, you need to activate it by entering details in My FASTag mobile app. After that, you need to link the tag to an existing bank account for deduction of toll tax.
You can recharge your FASTag account using debit card, credit card, netbanking, etc. Otherwise, you can also link it directly to your bank account and thus
A cashback of 2.5% is being offered for 2019-20 in order to incentivise road users for FASTag use. According to the highways ministry, more than 6 million FASTags were issued till September, with overall cumulative ETC collection of over ₹12,850 crore since inception.