NHAI Collects Rs 20 Crore From 18 Lakh Defaulters Entering FASTag Lanes
A truck stops at a toll booth at the Manesar toll plaza on National Highway 8 in Manesar, Haryana on May 14, 2016. (Photographer: Udit Kulshrestha/Bloomberg)

NHAI Collects Rs 20 Crore From 18 Lakh Defaulters Entering FASTag Lanes

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National Highways Authority of India has collected Rs 20 crore from 18 lakh defaulters who entered the FASTag lanes at electronic toll plazas on national highways without the tag.

Rolling out the electronic toll collection programme across India in December, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways had said that double toll charge would be collected from the vehicles entering FASTag lanes without the tag.

In order to give prime importance to existing FASTag users, dissuade defaulters and further encourage adoption of FASTags by national highways commuters, vehicles without FASTags entering the dedicated lane are being charged double the toll fee, NHAI said in a statement.

“Till now, a total number of 18 lakh vehicles defaulted by encroaching FASTag lanes across India has resulted in a double charge cash toll accumulation of about Rs 20 crore,” it said.

RFID-based FASTag, an electronic toll collection system implemented by NHAI, has proved to be instrumental in easing the lives of commuters on national highways within two months of its nationwide implementation, it said.

More than 1.55 crore FASTags have been issued through multiple point-of-sale locations. NHAI has been observing increased sale rate of FASTags which is a clear indication of this digital system being accepted well, the statement said. As a result, FASTag transaction has crossed a landmark count of 4 million per day, it added.

FASTag resulted in smooth and hassle-free movement of FASTag users on highways, according to the statement. The system has met with the desired response so far, it said, adding the adoption of FASTags also means that it has brought in the much-needed transparency in collection at toll booths.

In order to further increase digital collection of user fee via FASTag at toll plazas, NHAI waived off the FASTag cost of Rs 100 for NHAI FASTag from Feb. 15, 2020, to Feb. 29, 2020. Any road users can visit any authorised physical point-of-sale locations with a valid Registration Certificate of the vehicle and get a NHAI FASTag free of cost.

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