Central Government mandates payment via FASTags at toll plazas December onwards

The FASTag system is aimed at promoting faster travel, digital payment of toll fees, and allows seamless movement of vehicles to prevent traffic congestion

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In an attempt to reduce traffic congestion at toll plazas, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, on Monday, August 19 had said that FASTags would be made mandatory December 1, 2019, onwards.

The central government had introduced the FASTags in 2014 and they are used to make payment automatically at toll plazas without needing to stop. The system uses RFID technology to deduct the toll from accounts of FASTag holders.

The deductions are made from the tags that are fixed on the windshield of cars.

Accordingly, in order to ensure the move sees ultimate implementation, the ministry has indicated that the non-FASTag users will be charged double the fee if they pass through these lanes in accordance with the National Highway Fee (Determination of Rates and Collection) Rules, 2008.

The FASTag system is aimed at promoting faster travel, digital payment of toll fees, and allows seamless movement of vehicles to prevent traffic congestion. Meanwhile, all four-wheelers manufactured and sold from December 1, 2017, come pre-fitted with FASTags.

Meanwhile, one can buy the tags at all the toll plazas, online markets and at issuer agencies. Alongside, some banks, including SBI, HDFC, and ICICI, also have enquiry forms that can be filled up online. Once a query is generated, customers can visit the office to fill up a mandatory form and submit all the necessary documents to create a FASTag account.


Here's what you need to register

A vehicle registration certificate, Know Your Customer (KYC) documents of the owner — Aadhaar card, PAN card, driving license, and a passport-size photograph of the customer.

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