FASTags to be mandatory for all vehicles from 1 Jan, says Union minister Nitin Gadkari

Addressing a virtual function on Thursday, Gadkari said that FASTags will be useful for commuters as they will not have to stop at toll plazas for cash payments. Besides, it will also help save time and fuel, he added

Press Trust of India December 24, 2020 22:05:20 IST
FASTags to be mandatory for all vehicles from 1 Jan, says Union minister Nitin Gadkari

File image of Nitin Gadkari. PTI

New Delhi: FASTags will be mandatory for vehicles from 1 January, 2021, Union minister Nitin Gadkari said on Thursday. FASTags, which facilitate electronic payment of fee at toll plazas, was introduced in 2016. Making the tags compulsory would also help in ensuring that vehicles pass seamlessly through the toll plazas as fee payment would be done electronically.

Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and MSMEs Nitin Gadkari has announced that FASTag is being made mandatory for all vehicles in the country from the new year, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said in a statement.

Addressing a virtual function on Thursday, he also said that FASTag will be useful for commuters as they will not have to stop at toll plazas for cash payments. Besides, it will also help save time and fuel, he added.

FASTag was launched in 2016 and four banks together issued nearly a lakh of them. By 2017, their numbers went up to seven lakh and more than 34 lakh FASTags were issued in 2018.

In November, the ministry issued a notification also making FASTags mandatory from 1 January, 2021 for old vehicles or that were sold before 1 December, 2017.

As per the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, since 1 December, 2017, FASTags have been made mandatory for registration of new four-wheelers. It was also mandated that the renewal of fitness certificate of a transport vehicle will be done only after the vehicle concerned has a FASTag.

For National Permit vehicles, the fitment of FASTag was mandated since October 1, 2019. A valid FASTag would be made compulsory for getting a new third party insurance. This would come into force from 1 April, 2021.

The ministry said that steps for ensuring availablity of FASTag through multiple channels are being taken. They would be available at physical locations as well as online.

The National Toll Collection (NETC) programme has been implemented on a pan-India basis in order to remove bottlenecks and ensure seamless movement of traffic and collection of user fee as per the notified rates using passive Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology.

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