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FASTag

FASTags

What’s in news?

The date was extended for 2 weeks for the mandatory implementation of FASTags.

Key data’s:

  • Central government fixed the December 1 as the deadline for the compulsory imposition of 100% electronic toll collection across National Highways and State Highways.
  • Now, the date was extended for two weekse. the deadline was extended up to December 15.
  • The time was extended as the breather for vehicle owners to switch to FASTags.
  • After December 15, if the vehicle passes the toll gate’s FASTag lane without the FASTags, the collected charges will be double.
  • Initiated by: Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
  • Aim: The aim behind this move was;
    • To promote digital payments at toll plaza.
    • To bring transparency – to achieve these two objectives, all the fee lanes are equipped with the FASTags by December 1.
    • To decongest national highways – as the traffic congestion in the toll plaza creates the air pollution in the environment.
  • Hybrid lane: One lane from each direction will be maintained as “Hybrid lane” which will accept FASTag and other modes of payment.

Issuance of tags:

  • Over 70 lakh FASTags had been issued with the highest per-day issuance of 1,35,583 tags on November 26, 2019.
  • The average daily issuance of the tags raised from 8,000 tags in the month of July 2019 to 35,000 tags in the month of November 2019. This shows a rise of 330 per cent.
  • Though the growth rate was increased after November 21 – The day, when the cost of the tag was waived off.
  • Mode of payment: Debit card, Credit card, Net banking and Unified Payments Interface have been enabled for loading money to the FASTag account.

Helpline number:

  • “1033” – The helpline number for the customers to contact for any assistance related to FASTags.
  • As a additional provisions, the Ministry has made an arrangement to issue the FASTags through banks too.

Background:

  • In the month of July 2019, the Highways Ministry sent a letter to NHAI, for conversion of all toll lanes at all national highways to ‘FASTag lanes’.
  • As of now, FASTag-enabled payment is currently available at over 450 toll plazas across national and state highways.

FASTags:

  • An electronic device installed in the vehicle to enable drivers to pass through toll plazas without halting for paying the toll tax. 
  • Technology: The technology used in this FASTag is radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology.
  • This help to recognise the passing of a vehicle along with details such as the vehicle class and the status of the tag.
  • Your bank account or wallet details were connected to the tag for the automatic deduction of toll charges.

 

Links to note:

https://www.iasipstnpsc.in/fastag/

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/transportation/roadways/government-postpones-mandatory-implementation-of-fastag-to-december-15/articleshow/72296673.cms

https://www.livemint.com/news/india/govt-postpones-mandatory-implementation-of-fastag-to-december-15-11575036495830.html

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