Ministry of Highway Transport & Highways these days introduced that FASTag would develop into obligatory for all autos efficient December 1, 2019. Previous the set date, four-wheelers working with out the FASTag might be charged twice the common price on the toll gates.
This has been achieved below the Nationwide Digital Toll Assortment (NETC) program, aimed to make sure easy functioning of autos, promote cashless funds and keep away from potential site visitors congestions resulting from toll queues. As soon as applied, all of the lanes at NHAI toll plazas will settle for funds solely through FASTags. Though, there might be a hybrid lane with acceptance for each FASTags in addition to different modes of funds on the situation that the authorities will cost double the precise toll quantity.
Because the title suggests, FASTag is a small tag that makes use of radio-frequency identification (RFID) to automate the method deduction of toll expenses at NHAI toll plazas. As soon as affixed on the windscreen of your car, the sensor at toll will be capable of learn it, and auto-debit the tax quantity out of your account.
One can hyperlink his/ her pay as you go account or financial institution financial savings account to work with the identical. Observe that the transaction happens whereas the car is in movement and the motive force doesn’t have to cease on the gate for toll fee.
How you can purchase a FASTag?
On newer autos, you’ll discover that FASTag is already affixed on the windscreen since most sellers are likely to promote it by default. Nonetheless, within the case of previous autos, you should purchase FASTag from e-commerce websites like Amazon, Paytm and Airtel Thanks app.
Alternatively, you can even get it by Level of Sale (POS) areas on the NHAI Toll Plazas or chosen personal or public sector financial institution branches which have tied-up with NHAI. As of now, the checklist contains 23 licensed banks, comprising Axis Financial institution, State Financial institution of India, IDFC Financial institution, Kotak Mahindra Financial institution, Syndicate Financial institution, ICICI Financial institution, HDFC Financial institution, Paytm Funds Financial institution, Punjab Nationwide Financial institution and extra.
Observe that for offline purchases, you require registration certificates of your car, a passport measurement image of you (proprietor), handle proof, unique in addition to a replica of your KYC doc together with the car. The issuer financial institution/ company will cost a becoming a member of price, starting from Rs. 100 to Rs. 500. The price might embrace fee for the tag, refundable safety deposit and bundled first recharge quantity.
How you can activate and recharge your FASTag?
If bought on-line, you may hyperlink the tag together with your account utilizing the “My FASTag” app in your Android/ iOS smartphone. Merely obtain the app, enter your car particulars and hyperlink any one in all your current financial institution accounts.
NHAI has additionally supplied a pay as you go pockets facility for many who don’t wish to hyperlink their financial institution accounts. On this case, you’ll be supplied with a digital pockets that may be loaded with cash utilizing a number of fee modes.
Offline purchases, alternatively, don’t want such activation. You simply have to offer all of the paperwork talked about above whereas shopping for one, and the issuing authority will hyperlink the identical together with your desired checking account.
For direct funds by the linked checking account, ensure that your financial savings account has sufficient money to pay on the Toll Plaza. Whereas, pockets customers want to take care of their steadiness else the fee at ETC will fail. As per your feasibility, you should utilize any of the strategies, together with UPI, debit playing cards, bank cards, NEFT, and internet banking to top-up the steadiness in your FASTag pockets.
Just a few issues to notice
FASTag is restricted to autos, and therefore you can’t use one card for 2 autos. As a substitute, you might want to purchase two separate tags for each the autos. In case when you lose the tag, you may name your issuing authority to dam it.
As per IHMCL, when you reside inside a spread of 10 kilometres from a toll plaza, you may avail a concession on toll to be paid through your FASTag. This requires a few paperwork together with proof of residence on the financial institution or POS location to validate your eligibility. As soon as the authority verifies the handle, you’ll be supplied a concession on the toll paid through FASTag assigned to your car.