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