Not To Miss: FASTag| Here Is Everything You Need To Know
With the introduction of FASTags, the National Highway Authority of India had earlier announced December 1st as the deadline to switch all toll lanes across national highways in the country to ETC or Electric toll collections. Reports also claim that more than 90% of the existing 537 toll plazas have been already equipped with the electronic toll collection.
The concerned entity also announced that they will be providing free FASTags, including the security deposit for each account, to encourage vehicle owners to switch to E-toll as the December deadline approaches.
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Over 27,000 POS (Point of Sale) have been established by almost 22 centralised banks and the NHAI ( National Highway Authority of India) across the country for the sale of FASTags.
Although the FASTags are being tagged as free, commuters will have to pay ₹50 as a security deposit and will have to keep minim. “The FASTags can be purchased through all toll plazas, petrol pumps and can even be ordered from Amazon.in and Paytm.
As of now, commuters have to pay ₹100 for the FASTag, ₹200 as security deposit and a minimum balance of ₹200. But under the free tag scheme, they will just need to pay ₹250 in total.
The ministry has plans on providing limited hybrid-cash lanes for heavy-duty vehicles and for those who with enough money to pay twice the designated toll amount by entering the ETC lane without a FASTag.
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has also intervened by deploying Central Prabhari Officers in each state to monitor and co-ordinate a smooth transition between all implementing agencies to fill all the infrastructural gaps. If any.
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