India’s Road Transport and Highway Minister Nitin Gadkari has announced that FASTag will be made mandatory for all motor vehicles within four months. He announced this in the budget by answering a discussion on the demands of grant for the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. He further stated that if people want good roads, they have to pay the Toll-Tax.
FASTag is an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) based technology that allows the customer to make electronic toll payment without pausing for cash or card payments. The RFID card will be pasted on the vehicle’s windshield, which will automatically cut the Toll charge. This complete process is quite fast and allows the vehicle to cross the tolled without pausing and without any physical mode of payment. Toll payments will be deducted directly from the prepaid or Saving Account connected to FASTag.
The Union Minister also stated that the technology will be made mandatory across the country in the coming four months to ensure faster Toll collection across the country and to take advantage of many other benefits of FASTags. Apart from this, FASTags will soon be available on the petrol pump after the implementation of electronic toll collection across the country.
There are currently special lanes on toll collection booths, which are known as FASTag lanes. Vehicles with FASTag can enter this lane and the toll will be deducted automatically from the account connected with FASTag. They can be bought at several banks, some toll plazas and online. The biggest advantage of using FASTags is that the time spent by the vehicle on the booth becomes very less and smooth running of traffic.