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Vehicles with non-functional FASTag to be charged double toll fee: Government

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  • The applicable security deposit and minimum balance amount for FASTag wallet shall, however, remain unchanged. NHAI had earlier announced for free NHAI FASTag from November 22 to December 15 last year. The government has rolled out the FASTag-based toll collection system across more than 527 national highways in the country.

    FASTags are issued by 22 certified banks through various channels such as point-of-sale (POS) terminals at National Highway toll plazas and select bank branches. They are also available on e-commerce platforms such as Amazon, etc.

    FASTag is promoted by the NETC program for making toll payments directly from the customers linked prepaid or savings or current account. Paytm Payments Bank manages over 110 toll plazas and is rapidly expanding across national & state highways.

    The relaxation is extended for 30 days from February 14, 2020, these 30 fee plazas have been allowed to operate up to 25 percent of all fee lanes as hybrid (cash plus FASTag) lanes during this period.

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    Road users can visit any authorised point-of-sale location with a valid registration certificate (RC) of the vehicle and get an NHAI FASTag free of cost. NHAI FASTags can be purchased from all national highway fee plazas, regional transport offices, common service centres, transport hubs, and petrol pumps, among others, it added.

    The government allowed domestic airlines to start operations from Monday this week and all airlines have been operating flight as per their schedule with minimal cancellation. Market leader IndiGo has not cancelled any flight during the first three days of operation – only cancellations have happened due to the order by state governments.

    The government will roll out the option of cash recharge for FASTags to accelerate its adoption.

    In order to give prime importance to existing FASTag users, dissuade defaulters and further encourage adoption of FASTags by national highways commuters, vehicles without FASTags entering the FASTag lane are being charged double the toll fee, NHAI said in a statement.

    Stressing on the need to bring more vehicles under the ambit of insurance, Gadkari said FASTags should be made mandatory for obtaining vehicle insurance.

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