New Delhi: FASTag system will be in force across the country’s National Highways from today.
Commuters who do not have a FASTag will be charged double the fee if they pass through FASTag-only lanes, according to Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
As per sources, one hybrid lane will be maintained where the usual toll will be charged from non-FASTag vehicles.
FASTag is the system that uses radio frequency identification (RFID) technology enabling cashless toll payments. Under this system the prepaid tag is fixed on vehicle’s windscreen, which enables automatic transaction at toll plazas.
In order to avoid chaotic scenes at toll plazas, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has deployed marshals at all the plazas across the country to guide vehicles, reports NDTV.
“It should be ensured that the least possible number of declared FasTag lane of fee plaza be converted into the hybrid lanes temporarily and further that at least 75 per cent lanes of every fee plaza remain declared and operational as FasTag lane of fee plaza in order to incentivize the vehicles carrying FasTag,” the letter from MoRTH to NHAI said.
It may be recalled that FASTag were initially set to be implemented from December 1, but the government later extended the deadline to today to give enough time to vehicle owners and toll plaza authorities to cope with the changes.
The programme is being implemented pan-India to remove bottlenecks and ensure seamless movement of traffic.