Starting today, all lanes on toll plazas at National Highways across the country to turn into FASTag lanes, and hence vehicles without a valid FASTag would be charged double toll fee.
“To further promote fee payment through digital mode, reduce waiting time and fuel consumption, and provide a seamless passage through fee plazas, it has been decided that all the lanes in the fee plazas on National Highways shall be declared as ‘FASTag lane of the fee plaza’ with effect from midnight of 15th/16th February, 2021,” the road transport and highways ministry said in the statement. Also Read: ‘Hunar Haat’ to be organized in New Delhi from Feb 20 till March 01
So from now onwards, any vehicle without a FASTag, or an invalid FASTag entering into the FASTag lane would be liable to pay two times the fee applicable to the category. The fine has been laid down in the NH Fee Rules, 2008.
The ministry of road transport and highways had mandated fitment of FASTag in M and N categories of motor vehicles, meant for carrying passengers and goods respectively, with effect from 1st January onwards.
Currently, around 75% of toll collected on National highways comes via FASTags, said the media reports. Also Read: India vaccinates 80 lakh beneficiaries against COVID-19 in 28 days