NEW DELHI: Toll collection through FASTag it crossed the Rs 80 crore for the first time on Thursday with a record of 50 lakh transactions, according to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). Sources said the government is also considering whether it can eliminate “hybrid lanes” at toll booths starting January 1. Cash it is accepted by commuters on these lanes.
Hybrid lanes are also equipped with the device capable of reading FASTags. Transactions for toll payment via FASTag have increased to almost 78% and still a significant proportion of commuters prefer to pay cash for tolls.
“Once the government abolishes the hybrid lane and notifies all lanes as” FASTag lanes, “commuters paying cash would have to pay double the notified toll. Nobody would like to pay a higher toll. That is why we have increased the distribution of people to toll booths for the sale and installation of FASTags on site. It takes just five minutes, “an NHAI official said.
According to NHAI, FASTag is readily available in over 30,000 points of sale (PoS) across the country and these are available at all NHAI toll booths. It is also available online. They said a cash top-up service is also provided to the PoS at the toll booths for the convenience of users.
The government has made it mandatory for all four-wheeled vehicles and larger to have the FASTag running from January 1st and violating this will be treated as a crime under the Motor Vehicle Act. FASTag has also been made mandatory for the renewal of insurance for four-wheeled and larger vehicles and the renewal of the certificate of suitability for commercial vehicles from next April.