Come December 1 and it will be mandatory for all new four-wheelers to have FASTag devices fixed on the front windscreens by automobile manufacturers or authorised dealers.
A FASTag is a device that employs radio frequency identification (RFID) technology for making toll payments directly from the prepaid or savings account linked to it. It is affixed on the windscreen of the vehicle and enables the commuter to drive through toll plazas, without stopping for cash transactions.
“…Motor Vehicles sold on and after December 1, 2017 shall be fitted with FASTag as may be specified by the central government, from time to time by the manufacturer of the vehicle or its authorised dealer, as the case may be,” a notification issued by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said on Thursday. ALSO READ: Hyperloop One to bring super fast transportation tech to India: Opportunities and challenges
The notification follows amendment to Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989 by the central government as per powers vested in it under Motor Vehicles Act, 1989.
The tag can be purchased from tag issuers and if it is linked to the prepaid account then the vehicle owner is required to recharge/top up the tag as per requirement.
FASTag is presently operational at about 370 toll plazas across National Highways. The system is inter-operable and the same FASTag can be used across all toll plazas under the National Electronic Toll Collection (NETC) programme. ALSO READ: Driverless cars won’t be allowed in India: Union minister Nitin Gadkari