FASTag is mandatory from tomorrow; hybrid routes will be operational until February 15: Govt

New Delhi: On Thursday, the Ministry of Road Transport and Roads made the installation of FASTag compulsory from January 1, 2021, in the M and N categories of motor vehicles sold before December 1, 2017. The “M” category designates a motor vehicle with at least four wheels used to transport passengers. Category “N” means a motor vehicle with at least four wheels used to transport goods, which can also transport people in addition to goods.

“It is clarified that this central motor vehicle rule is in effect as is,” the ministry said in an official statement Thursday.

However, on the hybrid lanes of paid places on national roads, the payment of fees can be made via FASTag as well as in cash mode until February 15, 2021. In addition, in the FASTag lanes of paid places, payment of royalties will be done only through FASTag.

“The ministry clarified that it was committed to implementing a 100% electronic toll on paid places from January 1, 2021, mandated under the CMV rules, as amended,” he said. he stated in the statement.

FASTag, which facilitates the electronic payment of charges at toll stations, was introduced in 2016. Making the beacons mandatory would also help ensure that vehicles pass transparently through toll stations, as the payment of charges would be made by electronically.

FASTag was launched in 2016 and four banks together issued nearly a lakh. In 2017, their number increased to seven lakh and more than 34 lakh FASTags were issued in 2018.

In November of this year, the ministry issued a notification also making FASTag mandatory from January 1, 2021 for vehicles old or sold before December 1, 2017.

In accordance with the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989, since December 1, 2017, FASTag was compulsory for the registration of new four-wheeled vehicles.

It was also required that the renewal of the certificate of fitness of a transport vehicle be carried out only after the vehicle concerned has a FASTag.

For vehicles with a national license, the installation of FASTag has been mandatory since October 1, 2019.

A valid FASTag would be made mandatory to obtain new liability insurance. This would come into effect from April 1, 2021.

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) said on Friday that electronic toll collection through FASTag had crossed 80 crore per day with a record 50 lakh transactions per day.

Over 2.20 crore FASTag has been issued to date.

“Toll collection via FASTag is passed for the first time 80 crore per day on December 24, 2020, with a record 50 lakh FASTag transactions per day, a historic landmark, “NHAI said in a statement.

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