FASTag will be made mandatory for new four-wheelers including passenger and goods vehicles from October 1, 2017. Authorised dealers should equip the new vehicles with the FASTag devices.
TOI reports that Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has issued a draft notification to fit all the four wheelers with the FASTag devices.
FASTag is a device fitted on the windscreen of a vehicle, enabling the users to just drive through the toll plaza without stopping for cash transactions. The device uses Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to deduct toll charges from a prepaid account linked to the vehicle.
Currently, the FASTag devices are available at the 371 national highway toll plazas and four banks across the country. MoRTH had also instructed all toll plazas to have dedicated FASTag lane where no cash transactions will take place.
But the country was slow to adopt the technology. So, MoRTH has decided to make it mandatory for car dealers to install FASTag device before delivering the vehicle to the customer. MoRTH has also proposed an amendment to Section 138 A of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules-1989 to facilitate FASTag devices.
But this move has left the dealers in a state of confusion regarding the procurement of the device and its price. A car dealer has stated that they have written to the car manufacturer to seek more clarity on the new rule.
Currently, the FASTag devices cost Rs 400 to Rs 500 per car. Rs 200 is charged as a joining fee, and Rs 200 is collected as a security deposit. Minimum balance to activate the card is Rs 100. The device can be purchased by submitting the ID proof, registration copy of the vehicle and a passport size photograph.
FASTag devices will enable the electronic payment of tolls which will reduce the traffic congestion at the toll plazas. NHAI has also launched the MYFASTag app to easily buy and recharge FASTags with a click of a button.