The new initiative is expected to help the transport and logistics sector in a big way; trucks typically spend excessive time in paying toll manually, thus delaying a crucial shipment transit time. Any vehicles without FASTag entering the lane will face fine.
To remove bottlenecks on toll plazas and ensure seamless movement of traffic and collection of user fee as per the notified rates, using passive Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology, the National Electronic Toll Collection (FASTag) programme, the flagship initiative of Ministry of Road Transport and Highway (MoRT&H) and NHAI will be implemented on pan India from the beginning of next month.
To give a significant fillip to enhance digital payments and bring in enhanced transparency, the MoRTH had mandated to declare all lanes of fee plazas on National Highways as FASTag lanes by 1st December 2019, while provisioning one lane (in each direction) which would be kept as hybrid lane to accept FASTag and other modes of payment.
As the December deadline approaches, the careful decision has been taken to start the trial run of the FASTag mandate at identified NH fee plazas, w.e.f. 1st November 2019 onwards and gradually increasing to all toll plazas. Ministry officers have been designated for each NH fee plaza to monitor implementation of the FASTag mandate & the trail run and to take necessary measures to remove any bottlenecks identified.
Ministry officers and regional officers share the learning experience with others. During the trial run each vehicle without FASTag is being approached & apprised to offer benefits of FASTag. To increase awareness among ordinary commuters, marketing and promotional activities are being carried out through various channels such as national and local newspapers, magazines.
FASTags are available at 28,500 Point-of-Sale locations set up by various banks and IHMCL/NHAI, which includes all NH fee plazas, RTOs, Common Service Centers, transport hubs, bank branches, selected petrol pumps, etc.
For retail segment (car/jeep/van) FASTag may be purchased online on Amazon and by visiting websites of different member banks such as SBI, ICICI Bank, Axis bank, Paytm Payment Banks, HDFC bank, IDFC First bank, etc. FASTag has also been made available at over 12,000 banks branches of prominent private sector banks like ICICI bank, Axis bank, HDFC bank, etc.
To search for the nearest point-of-sale locations, one may download My FASTag App, or visit www.ihmcl.com or Call 1033 NH Helpline number. For the recharge facility, NHAI/IHMCL has developed a UPI recharge facility via My FASTag App. FASTag recharged by visiting the respective bank’s portal through net-banking, credit/debit card, UPI and other accessible means of payment.
As per Government Gazette notification, any vehicle without a FASTag entering into a “FASTag lane” at an NH fee plaza shall have to pay a fee equivalent to two times the applicable fees to that category of vehicle