NHAI Gears up for the Implementation of FASTag Mandate
The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways Ministry had mandated to declare all lanes of fee plazas on National Highways as “FASTag lanes” by 1st December 2019, while provisioning one lane (in each direction) which would be kept as hybrid lane to accept FASTag and other modes of payment. The move was taken to give a major fillip to enhance digital payments and bring in enhanced transparency. For the proper implementation of FASTag , Nodal Officers have been designated for each NH fee plazas and to take necessary measures to remove any bottlenecks identified. Pan India programme National Electronic Toll Collection (FASTag) programme is a flagship initiative of MoRT&H and NHAI to remove bottlenecks on toll plazas and ensure seamless movement of traffic and collection of user fee as per the notified rates, using passive Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. As per Government Gazette notification, any vehicle without a FASTag entering into a “FASTag lane” at a NH fee plaza shall have to pay a fee equivalent to two times of the applicable fees to that category of vehicle .NHAI is making all round efforts to make the hassle free travel on Highways.