FASTag deadline I FASTag remains mandatory from January 1; extension of time valid only for hybrid routes, clarifies ministry

FASTag remains compulsory from January 1;  extension of time valid only for hybrid routes, clarifies ministry

FASTag remains compulsory from January 1; extension of time valid only for hybrid tracks, says ministry | Photo credit: BCCL

New Delhi: The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) said Thursday that FASTag will be mandatory on January 1, 2021, in the “ M ” and “ N ” categories of motor vehicles, sold before December 1, 2017.

Four-wheeled passenger vehicles fall under category “M” while “N” denotes four-wheeled vehicles used for the transport of goods. The ministry clarified that this Central Motor Vehicle Rule is in effect as is.

However, the extension of the deadline only concerns the hybrid lanes of paid places where the payment of toll charges can be made in cash until February 15, 2021. Payment in the hybrid lanes can also be made by means of stickers. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) called FASTag which are linked to users’ electronic wallets or bank accounts for electronic payments at toll plazas.

“It is specified that this central rule of motor vehicles is in force as it is. However, on the hybrid tracks of the paying places on the national roads, the payment of the taxes can be carried out via FASTag as well as in cash mode until the 15th. February 2021 “.

“In addition, in the FASTag lanes of paying places, the payment of fees will continue to be made only via FASTag. The ministry has clarified that it is committed to implementing a 100% electronic toll on the paying places in from January 1, 2021, mandated by the CMV Rules, as amended, ”the MoRTH said in a statement released Thursday.

The previous deadline for the collection of 100% toll charges on national highways via FASTag was January 1, which has been extended until February 15. After February 15, motorists will only be allowed to make toll payments on motorways through FASTag.

For this, the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989 have been amended. The ministry issued a notification on the matter on November 6. The extension was granted because many people still use cash to pay tolls on national roads.

Currently, the share of FASTag payments at toll stations ranges between 75 and 78%. To discourage cash payments at toll stations, all but one lane on each side has been dedicated to FASTag transactions and named “FASTag lanes”.

Notably, if a vehicle is in the lane without the FASTag, the owner is required to pay double the amount of the normal toll charges.

Electronic toll method, FASTAg is an RFID tag affixed to the windshield of your vehicle. The tag can be recharged in cash and allows the automatic deduction of toll charges at collection kiosks on national roads. e automatically deducted at toll booths.