Deadline for FASTag deferred

The government wants to give additional time for vehicle owners to switch to FASTags, senior officials aware of the development told ET. . Vehicles without FASTags entering the ETC lane will have to incur twice the toll fee December 15 onwards, NH…

The transport ministry has put off by two weeks implementation of 100% electronic toll collection across national highways, which was supposed to start on December 1. The government wants to give additional time for vehicle owners to switch to FASTags, senior officials aware of the development told ET. Union highways minister Nitin Gadkari had called for an extension as commuters scrambled to comply with the new mandate.

“The minister has instructed in a recent meeting that the deadline be extended,” a senior government official told ET. In a fresh directive sent to the National Highways Authority of India on Friday, the transport ministry extended the deadline “to facilitate sufficient lead time to citizens to obtain FASTag.”

All lanes at toll plazas will be declared as ‘FASTag lanes from December 15, according to the order. Vehicles without FASTags entering the ETC lane will have to incur twice the toll fee December 15 onwards, NHAI said. “While most people are now coming on board the ETC system, we think it appropriate to allow them some more time,” the official said.

So far, about 90% toll plazas have been equipped with electronic tolling, while the number of FASTags sold daily has been increasing, the official said. The government offered FASTags free of cost from November 21 at toll plazas to encourage wider adoption and this will continue until December 15.

Source : Economic Times

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