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FASTag based toll collection was introduced recently however the system has been waiting for a long time and was later implemented. If you are a vehicle owner or planning to purchase a vehicle then you must know about FASTag.
In case you are shifting to a different city or changing your current
address, FASTag will work on all the enabled toll plazas across the country
which helps commute easily through toll plaza of National highways and for a
few State Highways where it has been implemented.
What is FASTag and how does it work
FASTag is Radio frequency identification (RFID) based an electronic toll
collection system, operated by the National Highway Authority of India (NAHI)
for making toll payments directly from the prepaid or savings account linked to
it or directly from the toll owner.
This RFID based FASTag system works when a FASTag enabled vehicle goes
through a scanner placed on toll plaza automatic payment deducted from the user
National Electronic Toll Collection (NETC) system enables the customer
to make the electronic payment at NETC enabled toll plaza on the highway
without stopping at the toll using RFID technology.
NETC does not issue FASTag but has developed the NETC System with
national payment corporation of india (NPCI) which provides facilities to make
the toll payment electronically.
All National Highway toll plaza will be declared as a dedicated FASTag
however one Hybrid lane will be available for Non -FASTag users.
Once a vehicle enters the dedicated FASTag lane amount deducted as per
system however the ideal distance distance between two vehicles up to four meters
recommended to cross the boom barrier installed on the toll plaza. However,
vehicles without charge double the amount of toll if they pass through FASTag lanes.
Type of FASTag category
There are two types of FASTag category
introduced based on the vehicle.
M-Type FASTag introduced for the vehicle
which is for private use or non-commercial vehicle such as FASTag with
highlight by violet color code system.
N-Type FASTag introduction for basically
commercial vehicles which has six color code indication systems based on
commercial vehicle category.
Small commercial vehicle indicated with
orange colour code 2-Axle (four wheels) based commercial
vehicle indicated with Green colour code 3-Axle (Six wheels) based commercial
vehicle indicated with Yellow colour code 4-Axle (Eight wheels) based commercial vehicle indicated with Pink
colour code 5-Axle (Ten wheels) based commercial vehicle indicated with Skyblue
colour code Heavy mechanical commercial vehicle indicated with Black colour code
How to get FASTag for vehicle
FASTag service available on all toll
plaza by visiting any Point of Sale (PoS) locations of NETC Member Banks
outlets and distribution agents/ their Sales offices.
Online option is also available through a
dedicated platform on respective issuer bank's website or at www.nahi.gov.in
which redirects to member banks and service providers.
Documents required for FASTag
If you are looking for FASTag then need
to follow some specific guidelines set by concerned authority, Vehicle owners
need to submit their KYC document as per vehicle category along with the
application form for FASTag.
A valid driving license along with the
vehicle registration number need to submit.
Each FASTag is unique identity as per
vehicle registration number. It means one FASTag cannot be allowed for multiple
Customers can recharge the FASTag account
in the denomination of 100 rupees up to 1 lakh and the maximum amount of
recharge is decided based on the type of vehicle & account link to FASTag.
The maximum amount of recharge is defined
on all bank’s websites along with the payment option as of now NEFT, UPI, Bank
transfer and other modes of payment.
What is advantage of FASTag
FASTag help to save time no need to wait in lane to cross toll plaza as FASTag
lane provides easy access to cross toll without spending time.
Save fuel and money if you use FASTag to get concessions on your travel
through toll plaza.
Online tracking record available through SMS facility can check current
transaction and payment record.
Dependency on man power reduces on toll plaza hence efficiency of
operation increases which is more cost effective.
Proper collection of toll tax through FASTag increase which avoids any
free movement or corruption.
What is disadvantage of FASTag
Sometimes electronic devices fail due to technical failure like the
scanner not working which cause problems for users.
FASTag damage due to overheating of a vehicle or any other technical
Double charges apply if entered in FASTag lanes without FASTag.
People leaving near the toll plaza can face problems due to movement
nearby hence a pass required within 10 km of the toll area.
Privacy of users can be compromised or cloning of cards can be possible
as all information related to user and vehicle available with FASTag.
Fastag system make user more comfortable for travels across different
toll plaza it will save time and money, however need more awareness among users
to use service. although more security and technology upgradation required to
make more reliable and easier to use.