Businessman from Pune moves Bombay HC with issues related to FASTag

Businessman from Pune moves Bombay HC with issues related to FASTag

A Pune-based businessman has recently filed a public interest litigation at the Bombay High Court against FASTag's coercion. As per reports, the petition has been filed opposing the double toll collection as a penalty if the vehicle does not have the FASTag.

The same was heard before a bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Dutta and Justice Girish Kulkarni on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, and the High Court took cognizance of the petition and directed the Union Transport Ministry to file an affidavit within a week. The hearing will now be held on March 17, 2021.

Over the last several years, commuters have complained about long queues of vehicles at the toll plazas managed by the National Highways Authority. Keeping this in mind, the government had introduced the FASTag system at toll plazas, however, the rule of being charged double due to the absence of FASTag has raised concerns among the commuters.

Keeping this in mind, Arjun Khanpure, a businessman from Pune, has filed a case regarding the same and the public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed.

Reports reveal that as per law cash, card or FASTag is allowed at the toll and commuters can choose to pay at their convenience, and hence it is illegal to force to follow one method. Following this, the petition has been filed which seeks to maintain at least one cash lane at all toll plazas.

The Union Ministry of Road Transport recently implemented the 'One Nation, One FASTag' policy to avoid traffic congestion. However, many vehicles are being overcharged at toll plazas as they do not have the required tag, eventually leading to disputes between the driver and the staff at the toll booth.

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