FASTag deadline extended to 15 Dec, FASTags free till then, double toll penalty after: Transport Min

New Delhi: The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has decided to postpone the date of compulsory implementation of FASTags on National Highway Toll Plazas to 15 December 2019. The scheme was earlier to be launched from the 1 December.

In order to save fuel, time and pollution and to ensure seamless movement of traffic, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has launched the National Electronic Toll Collection program (NETC) which provides for collection of user fee through FASTag based on RFID technology. It was decided that all lanes except one lane on each side at Fee Plazas shall be declared as ‘FASTag lane of Fee Plaza’ by 1 December.

Accordingly, NHAI has equipped all Fee Plazas with Electronic Toll Collection System. For ease of availability of FASTag, NHAI has launched MyFASTag mobile whereby all information regarding FASTag can be obtained along with location of POSs and charging/linking with NHAI/other wallets or bank accounts.

However it has been found that many citizens have still not enabled their vehicles with FASTag due to various reasons. Accordingly, to provide more time to citizens to buy and implement FASTag on their vehicles, it has now been decided that charging of penalty of double user fee from vehicles which enter FASTag lane without FASTag will start from 15 December instead of 1 December.

NHAI FASTag shall continue to be provided free of cost till 15 Dec 2019.

Earliere in November, the Ministry had said that FASTag sales have increased by 330% and over 70 lakh FASTags have been issued so far. 560 toll plazas have been upgraded to accept FASTag.

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