According to a report in the ET, owners of vehicles without FASTags will have to cough up twice the normal rate at toll gates from 1st December. The government is preparing to achieve seamless road travel nationwide by making toll collections electronic.
The highway ministry has declared that from December 1, toll plazas across national highways will be equipped to electronically debit amounts from accounts linked to RFID-based FASTags affixed on vehicle windscreens, allowing people to drive through without stopping to make payments. It has been reported that inadequate amount in your tag will get your vehicle blacklisted at the toll plaza and again, you may end up paying double charges.
A senior government official told ET, “We are moving swiftly on the December deadline, while encouraging vehicle owners to adopt FASTags at the same time. If you go into the electronic toll collection lane without a FASTag, you pay twice the toll. This is something we are going to implement very strictly.”
Meanwhile the NHAI (National Highways Authority of India) is providing FASTags free of cost as the December 1 deadline approaches.
NHAI is also providing the security deposit for each account, to encourage vehicle owners to immediately switch to electronic toll payment.