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FASTag mandatory from Feb 16

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The Union government on Sunday said that automatic toll plaza payment system FASTag will be mandatory for vehicles starting February 16 and there will be no further extension. Notably, vehicle owners will have to pay double the toll tax if FASTag is absent in the vehicle.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has clarified that this has been done to further promote fee payment through digital mode, reduce waiting time and fuel consumption, and provide for a seamless passage through the fee plazas.

In a statement, the government said, “Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has decided that all lanes in the fee plazas on National Highways shall be declared as FASTag lane of the fee plaza w.e.f midnight of 15th/16th February 2021. Therefore, as per NH Fee Rules 2008, any vehicle not fitted with FASTag or vehicle without valid, functional FASTag entering into the FASTag lane of the fee plaza shall pay a fee equivalent to two times of the fee applicable to that category.”

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The ministry had mandated the fitment of FASTag in M&N categories of motor vehicles with effect from January 1, 2021.

Category ‘M’ stands for a motor vehicle with at least four wheels used for carrying passengers. Category ‘N’ stands for a motor vehicle with at least four wheels used for carrying goods, which may also carry persons in addition to goods.

No further extension for FASTag compliance: Gadkari

Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari on Sunday said the deadline for using FASTag would not be extended and vehicle owners should immediately use the e-payment facility.

FASTag was introduced in 2016. Gadkari said the government had extended the FASTag registration date limit several times before, and now it would not be extended anymore.

FASTag registration has gone up to 90 per cent on some routes and only 10 per cent people are left.

 

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