If you are planning a road trip after Monday midnight then it’s necessary for you to install FASTag in your vehicle as the Union Ministry of Road Transportation and Highways has said that the Radio Frequency Identification tag, which facilitates electronic payment of fees at toll plazas, will become mandatory from Monday midnight and vehicles without FASTag will have to pay twice the toll.
Gadkari said that the deadline for implementation of FASTag will not be extended and vehicle owners should immediately buy the e-payment facility.
“It has been decided that all lanes in the fee plazas on National Highways shall be declared as FASTag lane with effect from the midnight of February 15/16,” decoded a statement issued by the transport ministry.
The FASTag system will eliminate long waiting lines at toll plazas. As suggested by the name FASTag, it will speed up the process of toll payment hence developing an easy movement of traffic on road.
FASTag is linked from your bank account and must be installed on the windscreen of the vehicle. While crossing a toll plaza the traveller can make the toll payments directly from their account which is linked to FASTag.
You can buy FASTag for your vehicle at certain toll plazas across the country by producing identification and vehicle registration documents. You can also buy it online on portals such as Paytm, Amazon or on the websites of certain banks such as HDFC Bank, SBI, ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, Kotak Bank, etc
The cost of buying FASTag will depend on the type of your vehicle and the website you are getting it from. For instance, you can buy FASTag for your car from Paytm for Rs 500, out of which Rs 250 will be your refundable security deposit and Rs 150 will be your wallet balance.
You can recharge your FASTag digital wallet using internet banking, credit or debit cards and UPI. A FASTag is valid for five years from the date of purchase and the recharge amount does not have any extended validity period associated with it.
Steps to install or put FASTag in your car:
Clean the windshield properly
Open the FASTag
Find the Centre of the Windshield to place the FASTag on. FASTag is placed in the centre of the windshield to provide easy reading at the toll plaza.
Remove the sticker from the FASTag smoothly.
Now stick it on the windshield in the centre and straight.
Your FASTag is installed in your car now. Enjoy hassle-free toll payment on your travels. Recharging or top-up of FASTag is as per the wish of the owner