FASTag in Mumbai: Sealink and Five Other Toll Plazas to Accept Cash Until March

FASTag in Mumbai: Sealink and Five Other Toll Plazas to Accept Cash Until March

The Mumbai Traffic Police has announced that it will accept cash at toll plazas in Airoli, Dahisar, LBS, Mulund and Vashi until March 31, whereas cash will be accepted at the Bandra-Worli sea link toll plaza until March 10. 

Traffic officials said that they haven’t received directives to penalise motorists without FASTags on their vehicles within the city. However, officials have clarified that toll plazas at the sea link and Mumbai’s five entry points are already charging a double toll on vehicles that do not sport the FASTag sticker. 

The Union Transport Ministry has said that from Tuesday, Feb 16 onwards, vehicles without a FASTag sticker will have to pay double the amount in toll charges while on national highways which includes the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. First-time offenders will have to pay a penalty of Rs 300, while repeat violations will be fined Rs 500.

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Joint Managing Director at Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), Vijay Waghmare said, “All lanes on the sea link and the city’s five entry points are FASTag-enabled, but to meet certain technicalities on part of the contractor, we will not make it compulsory. On the sea link, cash collection will be allowed in two lanes, while at the entry points, three to four lanes in both directions will have compulsory FASTag, the rest will have both cash and FASTag transactions for toll collection.”

It is said that the police will not be involved in the process of penalizing the motorists. “Our only role will be to ensure there is no congestion at toll nakas. And if there’s a law-and-order problem, the local police will step in,” Highway Police Superintendent Sunita Salunkhe said.

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With the deadline to install FASTag on vehicles expiring by midnight on Feb 15, officials said that there has been a surge in applications as of last week. Consequently, several toll plazas across Mumbai were subject to traffic congestion. 

To make the installation of RFID tags easier, dedicated FASTag stalls have been opened near toll plazas or bank branches nearby, officials added. However, it can take a few days for the FASTag sticker to arrive if it is ordered online. 

One of the primary benefits of getting a FASTag sticker directly through physical outlets like the stalls near toll booths is that it comes with immediate activation. Officials said that this is leading to long queues of motorists outside such FASTag stalls, particularly at Dahisar, Mulund, and Vashi toll plazas. In addition to activating new FASTag stickers for your vehicles, these stalls can also be used to top up or recharge existing FASTag accounts.

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