NHAI achieves 100 percent Cashless Toll Collection
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has successfully achieved 100 percent cashless toll collection at the National Highway fee plazas in the entire country.
- All lanes across the fee plazas on National Highways have been declared as FASTag lanes in effect from February 16, 2021.
- The roll out of 100 per cent cashless tolling is being positively received by the Highway users.
- Ever since the FASTag norm was notified, over two lakh 50 thousand tags have been sold.
- In a single day, a total of 60 lakh transactions were done that resulted into the toll collection of Rs 95 crores through FASTag.
- The total penetration of FASTag has reached to 87 percent in the country till date.
- There was an increase of seven percent penetration since February 16.
- The government is also facilitating a free FASTag campaign to facilitate the adoption of FASTag by highway users. This free campaign will run till March 1.
A new feature of “Check Balance Status” has been added to the FASTag App. This will provide the convenience to highway users to look after the FASTag balance. The app will show the FASTag wallet balance status with the help of color codes. Green colour will represent the Active tag with sufficient balance, Orange colour will be tagged for low balance while the Red colour will be for Blacklisted tags.
It is an electronic toll collection system which is operated by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI). It works on the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to make the toll payments. The payment is deducted directly from the prepaid or savings account of toll owner.
Radio-frequency identification (RFID)
This technology uses the electromagnetic fields that automatically identify and track the tags attached to any of the objects. It comprises of a tiny radio transponder, a radio receiver and a transmitter. It can be used to track the inventory goods.