The government has made FASTag compulsory for all vehicles. Now vehicles in fastag lanes on toll plazas will have to pay double toll fee if they have invalid or non-functional fastag. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has given this information in its latest notification. The notification states that vehicles under the National Highway Fee Rules, 2008 will no longer have to pay double the amount of fastag.
Remind that Fastag or Electronic Toll Collection came into effect from December 1, 2019. The objective of this program is to reduce the movement and traffic of non-stop vehicles at the toll plaza through cashless payment at the toll plaza.
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According to the PIB release, the ‘Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has amended the National Highways Fee Rules, 2008 by issuing a notification called GSR 298 E on May 15, 2020. According to this, if a vehicle does not have a fastag or if the fastag is not on and valid and it enters the ‘fastag lane’ of the toll plaza, then they will have to pay double the charge on the vehicle’s vehicle. ‘
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Where to buy FASTags?
Fastag can be purchased from all toll plazas or authorized agencies such as banks. The government has allowed 23 public and private banks to issue these RFID-based tags for vehicles. The National Corporation of India (NPCI) also serves as the Central Clearing House for Fastags.
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To buy Fastag, vehicle owners have to go to the official website of these banks and submit the information online. Apart from this, vehicle owners can also create a Fastag account in any Point of Sale (POS) location / Authorized Agent Sales Office of the bank. For this, KYC documents and original documents need to be kept along with the vehicle.