FASTags will help in government’s plan to decongest national highways.
Soon, electronic toll collection device FASTags will be integrated with the Goods and Services Tax (GST) e-way bill system.
The GST Council has already given the green signal for an MoU between the Indian Highways Management Company (IHMCL) and GST Network (GSTN).
From December 1, FASTags will be made mandatory on national highways throughout the country. Individuals not using a FASTag will be charged double the toll.
The payment method is a part of the National Electronic Toll Collection (NETC) programme. The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) collects the payments.
What are FASTags?
A FASTag is a reloadable electronic toll collection card meant to be stuck to the windscreen of a vehicle.
It eliminates the need to stop for toll payment, and eases movement of vehicles.
The system at the toll plaza uses Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to deduct the payment from the user's account. The reader at the toll plaza detects the card when the vehicle is 25 metres away. Seven banks are currently linked with FASTag - SBI, ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, IndusInd Bank, Paytm Payments Bank and Equitas Small Finance Bank.
Recharging the card can also be done through the My FASTag app.
How is a FASTag account created?
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