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FASTag made mandatory from Monday

Union transport ministry said the deadline for the implementation of FASTag would not be extended further

Delhi, Feb. 15: After multiple extensions, the Union transport ministry said any vehicle passing through NH toll plazas without a FASTag from the midnight of 15-16 February will have to pay up to twice the toll charge.

The ministry said the deadline for the implementation of FASTag would not be extended further and that the vehicle owners should immediately adopt the e-payment facility.

What is FASTag

FASTag is an electronic toll payment system that helps people make contactless payments at toll plazas, which should theoretically reduce traffic congestion and wait times. People need to buy the FASTag, which is an RFID sticker, from any issuing bank or payment providers like Paytm.

Documentation needed for FASTag

To buy a FASTag, one needs to provide documentation similar to opening a bank account. Here are the list of documents one would need to open a FASTag account:

  • Vehicle Registration Certificate (RC) to be scanned and uploaded
  • Passport size photo of the vehicle owner
  • Know Your Customer (KYC) documents of the vehicle owner and any document containing the address of the house.

Whenever you cross a toll plaza with FASTag on the vehicle, the information about how much has been deducted from your account will be sent to you through an SMS. The toll plazas will also have electronic boards that will display the deducted amount and the remaining balance.

This can also be checked through the FASTag app available on the Android and IOS app stores.

First optional, now mandatory

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) had introduced electronic toll collection through FASTag across the country back in 2014, but it was an optional system. 

Toll plazas had separate lanes dedicated to tag users, but the system wasn’t quite effective.

The Union Ministry of Transport on November 7 mandated FASTag for all four-wheeler vehicles from January 1, 2021 onwards. The decision was invoked via amendments to the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989.

The government earlier extended the mandatory FASTag roll out date to December 15, which was extended to 31 December on December 29, 2019 by Nitin Gadkari. 

Due to a shortage of tags in the market, the last date was again extended to 15 January 2020, for the last time.

Earlier, it had been decided that from December 1, 2019 onwards all four-wheelers, trucks and buses will have to pay toll electronically on Indian highways through a radio-frequency identification (RFID) tag called a FASTag.

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