As announced by the Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, FASTag will be mandatory for all the private as well commercial vehicles from December this year.
This new system will enable digital payment of toll collection on National Highways. A FASTag is basically a tag put up on the windshield of any car. It is based on Radio-frequency Identification (RFID). It is linked with the vehicle’s registration details.
FASTags are part of the National Electronic Toll Collection (NETC) program. The system has been developed by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI).
FASTags will be detected by electronic toll collection (ETC) placed on the toll lanes of the national Highways. Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has made it mandatory for all the toll lanes to put this infrastructure.
As vehicles will pass by toll lanes placed with ETC, the RFID code on the FASTags is detected. It captures the details, deducts the said amount and the journey is authenticated.
The system avoids cash payment and saves time and fuel.
As reports suggest, for the month of September, around 9.67 lakh transactions were processed daily through FASTags across all toll plazas on national highways in India.
FASTags are non – transferable and each FASTag can be used for one vehicle only. For your existing vehicle, one can get it at numerous places like branches of ICICI, State Bank of India, AXIS Bank, etc. among others. However, new vehicles will come pre-fixed with technology.
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