Monday, November 04, 2019
By Kamal Swami
What Is FASTag Service At Toll Plaza, Is It Mandatory For You?
Where driving on the highway offers you the privilege of enjoying the smooth drive of your car, staying at the toll plaza is one such activity which irritates every driver. Going through this concern of the drivers the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH) is going to make the use of FASTag mandatory for all the vehicles that running on the highways from December 1, 2019. The FASTag is basically a smartcard issued to the vehicle owners for paying the toll tax at the top plaza. The system is based on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology and automatically deducts the toll fees from the account of the vehicle owners, as soon as he enters in the toll lane. The FASTag will be fixed on the windscreen of the vehicle after activation.
According to the sources of MoRTH all the lanes at the toll plazas on the national highways across the country will be strictly dedicated for FASTag from December 1, 2019, and the vehicles not following the rule will have to double fee for crossing the toll place, which will be strictly according to the National Highway Fee (Determination of Rates and Collection) Rules, 2008.
The four-wheelers that would be manufactured and sold in the Indian auto market from December 1, 2019 will have fitted FASTags mounted on their windscreen. The MORTH has issued an order to the National Highway Authority of India to assess the availability of the FASTags within the country and resolve all the issues associated with the various problems related to it. If you are still unaware about the process of getting the FASTag then below is the guideline that will help you in understanding the concept and method of using the FASTag.
1. The tag could be purchased from any of the toll plazas, online shopping websites like Amazon, issuing agencies (banks) including SBI, ICICI and HDFC. In the beginning you will be required to fill an enquiry form online, after which a query will be generated and the customers will be required to visit the office and fill the required form and submit all the required documents for creating the account.
2. You will be required to submit the vehicle registration certificate, Know Your Customer (KYC) documents of the owners like Aadhar card, driving license, PAN card, a passport size photograph as an identity and address proof.
3. In the beginning you will be required to pay the sum of Rs. 200 as one time fee, followed by the refundable deposit, depending upon the category of the vehicle. The amount will be refunded to the vehicle owner at the closure of FASTag account.
4. The account will be managed by the official website of the issuing authority. The FASTag can be recharged through debit and credit cards, NEFT or net banking, and RTGS. There are minimum threshold amounts to recharge the FASTag, depending upon the size of your vehicle.