FASTags mandatory from January 1, government specifies only hybrid lanes will accept cash until February 15

FASTags will be mandatory for all vehicles from January 1, 2021, in categories M and N of motor vehicles sold before December 1, 2017, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said Thursday, adding that only one lane hybrid will be functional. at toll booths to accept cash until February 15.

Category “M” designates a motor vehicle with at least four wheels used for the transport of 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, payment of taxes 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 taxes will continue to be made 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. stated in the press release.

Electronic toll collection via FASTags has crossed Rs 80 crore per day with a record 50 lakh transactions per day with over 2.20 crore FaSTags issued so far, the National Highways Authority of India said last week.

FASTag, a radio frequency identification (RFID) sticker typically affixed to a vehicle’s windshield, enables toll booths wirelessly and automatically deduct charges, thus preventing the vehicle from stopping. The tags were made mandatory for all new cars sold after December 1, 2017, with the aim of encouraging digital payments and relieving congestion at toll plazas.

In a move to give a major boost to improve digital payments and reduce bottlenecks on national highways, the Center had demanded that all lanes of national highways toll stations be declared as “FASTag lanes” by December 2019.

Speaking at a virtual summit last week, Union Minister of Road Transport Nitin Gadkari said the electronic toll system was useful for commuters as they would not have to stop at the toll station for cash payments, adding that it also saves time and fuel. Making FASTags mandatory would also ensure that vehicles pass through toll plazas without problems, as payment would be made electronically.