FASTags To Be Sold Online; Exclusive RFID Lanes To Be Operational From September

FASTags will be available online on the NHAI, Issuer banks and IHMCL websites, while the exclusive lanes dedicated for FASTag vehicles will be operational starting from September 1, 2017.

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Highlights

  • FASTags will also be made available via Common Services Centre near tolls
  • Customers purchasing FASTags online will get it delivered via courier
  • RFID readers integration at Toll Plaza lanes will be complete by October

In a bid to improve the toll process in the country via electronic toll collection, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has announced the sale of FASTags online starting August 18, 2017. The regulatory body that looks after the upkeep of national highways will be retailing FASTags on the NHAI, Issuer Banks and Indian Highways Management Company Limited (IHMCL) websites, while the tags will also be made available through Common Services Centre (CSC) near toll plazas. In addition, NHAI has announced that it will have exclusive FASTag lanes operational at toll plazas starting September 1, 2017.

Customers purchasing the tags online will have the same delivered to their door step, while the CSCs will immediately hand over the same. NHAI says, the move will increase the sale of FASTags by improving availability and access. The government has been taking steps to introduce electronic toll collections for smoother and faster operations at tolls and this should improve things further.

Long traffic jams at toll plazas aren't exactly new and a common problem across most states. The use of FASTags also falls in-line with the government's initiative to bring transparency in finances.

The government aims to have Hybrid Electronic Toll Collections in place that will cater to cash and FASTag transactions at a plaza. Work involving integration of RFID readers in all the Toll Plaza lanes is already under progress and is likely to be completed by October 31, 2017.

Out of all Hybrid Lanes, at least one shall be exclusively dedicated for FASTag vehicles where no other mode of toll payment shall be accepted.

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