The Ministry of Road Transport has notified that all new four-wheelers to have FASTag devices fixed on the front windscreen by December 1, 2017.
The notification said, "...Motor Vehicles sold on and after December 1, 2017, shall be fitted with FASTag as may be specified by the central government, from time to time by the manufacturer of the vehicle or its authorised dealer, as the case may be,"
So what is FASTag and how can this be equipped in your car? Let us understand in detail the importance of FASTag for your car.
What Is FASTag?
It is a device that uses Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology for making toll payments directly from the prepaid or savings account linked to it.
The FASTag is affixed on the windscreen of the four-wheeler which enables the commuter to drive through toll plazas, without having to stop to pay through cash transactions.
What If FASTag Is Not Affixed
The notification said that in case the vehicle is sold in the form of drive-away-chassis without a windscreen, the device should be fitted on the windscreen by the owner of the vehicle before the registration.
Presently, the FASTag devices cost nearly Rs 400 to Rs 500 per car and can be purchased by submitting ID proof, registration copy of the vehicle along with a passport size photograph. Rs 200 is charged as a joining fee, and Rs 200 is collected as a security deposit, while the minimum balance to activate the card is Rs 100.
The FASTag can be purchased from tag issuers, and if it's linked to the prepaid account, the vehicle owner needs to recharge or top up as per requirement. NHAI has launched MyFASTag App for electronic toll collection through which consumers can purchase or recharge FASTags and also keep track of transactions.
FASTag is currently operational in nearly 370 toll plazas across National Highways and can be used across all toll plazas under the National Electronic Toll Collection (NETC) programme.
With the implementation of FASTag from December 1, 2017, on all new cars in India, travel time is bound to reduce for commuters.
There are close to 500 toll plazas across the National Highway in India; the government needs to implement FASTag lanes on all the toll plazas to make it efficient and robust for commuters.