Vehicle owners without FASTag, from December 1, will have to bear twice the normal toll payment at every NHAI toll plazas.
In an ambitious move by the Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways and the National Highways Authority of India, the ministry is all set to implement the FASTag plan from December 1, under which, toll plazas across national highways will only accept FASTag as toll payment.
Once the FASTag is actively affixed on your windscreen, the information provided on it will be decoded by the antennae at the toll plaza, debiting the toll amount from the FASTag account. Users will have to recharge FASTag accounts.
Under the National Electronic Toll Collection (NETC) programme, toll payments will now only be taken via FASTags. Paying from any other mode will cost you double the toll amount.
The government has enabled all lanes at toll plazas to accept payments with FASTags as it aims to ensure smooth functioning of vehicles, encourage cashless payments, and also avoid traffic congestion.
Under the process, the government will soon delegate officials across states to implement the electronic toll collection method at all National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) toll plazas.
However, one lane will be kept as a hybrid lane which will accept FASTags as well as other payments on the condition that the authorities will charge double the actual toll amount.
Here's all you need to know about FASTags:
What is FASTag?
FASTag uses radio-frequency identification (RFID) which enables automatic deduction of toll charges at NHAI toll plazas. The tag must be linked with your adequately funded prepaid or savings/current account. But if it is linked to a prepaid account, you need to recharge it as per usage.
After the tag account gets active you can affix the tag on the windscreen of your vehicle. It enables you to drive through toll plazas, without having to stop to pay.
Why is FASTag important to get
The government has made FASTags mandatory for all the vehicles from December 1, 2019. Not using the FASTag method for toll payment may lead you to pay double. Also, inadequate amount in your tag will get your vehicle blacklisted at the toll plaza and again, you may end up paying double.
How to get FASTag for your vehicle
You can obtain FASTag for your vehicle from any toll plazas across the states or from issuer agencies. You can also purchase it from any National Electronic Toll Collection member bank and get yourself registered. All you would need to carry is a registration certificate of your vehicle, a passport size picture of you, address proof, original as well as a copy of your KYC document along with the vehicle at the POS (Point of Sale)/Sales office.
What are the charges for FASTags
The issuer bank/ agency will charge a one-time joining fee of Rs 200. The FASTag charges and security deposit refund depends upon the type of vehicle. Vehicle owners are advised to check fee details on the official website of the issuer agency.
Benefits of using FASTags
The government is offering 2.5 per cent cashback on toll payments on using FASTag at toll plazas. Also, the FASTag ensures non-stop movement of vehicles to avoid road congestion.
Can I use one FASTag for two vehicles?
No. FASTag is vehicle specific, which means, once affixed to a vehicle, it cannot be transferred to another vehicle. In case you lose it, you will have to call the customer care number of the issuer agency to block your FASTag.