FASTag or the electronic toll collection became effective from December 1, 2019. The programme is aimed to ensure non-stop movement of vehicles at the toll plazas, cashless payment, and reduction of traffic congestion.
“The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued notification GSR 298 E, dated 15th May 2020 for amendment in the National Highways Fee (Determination of Rates and Collection) Rules, 2008 which provide that if a vehicle which is not fitted with FASTag or the vehicle is without a valid or functional FASTag, enters into “FASTag lane” of the Fee plazas, then they shall pay a fee equivalent to two times of the fee applicable to that category of vehicles” said the PIB release.
Where to purchase FASTags
FASTags can be purchased from toll plazas or authorised issuing agencies like banks. Government has allowed 23 public and private sector banks to issue these RFID-based tags for vehicles. National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) acts as the Central Clearing House for FASTags.
To buy a FASTag, vehicle owners can visit the official websites of these banks and submit online queries for FASTags. They can also get their FASTag account created by visiting any Point of Sale (POS) locations/bank authorised agent sales offices. Vehicle owners need to carry original as well as copy of their KYC documents along with the vehicle at the POS / Sales office location.