The Ministry of Road Transport has once again extended the deadline for fully implementing toll collection on National Highways through FASTag. The road transport ministry has now extended the deadline for collecting toll charges through electronic mode on the toll plaza to February 15. Let me tell you that before 1 January Fastag was to be made mandatory across the country but now the time limit for fasting has been extended, in such a situation, you will not have to pay double the toll if you pass through the toll plaza without Fastag.
The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) made FASTag mandatory for all vehicles from 1 January. FASTag is a prepaid tag that enables toll charges to be automatically deducted and allows the vehicle to pass through the toll plaza non-stop for cash transactions. It allows direct payment of fees from prepaid or its linked savings account and enables vehicles to be driven non-stop for transactions. This not only saves the time of the drivers but also does not jam the toll plazas.
In a letter sent to the NNAI, the ministry said that from February 15, it can complete the necessary regulatory process for cashless fee collection. The government was earlier mandating fastag for all old vehicles from January 1, 2021, but now it will be made mandatory across the country from February 15.
What is FASTag
FastTag is a radio frequency identification sticker (RFID) mounted on the vehicle's windscreen. Whenever you pass through the toll plaza, the scanners installed there to scan the FASTag on the windscreen of your car and your payment is digitized. You do not need to stop at the toll booth because of this tag. This tag is mandatory on all cars sold after December 1, 2017. You can use this tag by recharging it.