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FASTag becomes mandatory from Feb 15 midnight, pay twice the toll charge from Feb 16

"It has been decided that all the lanes in the fee plazas on National Highways shall be declared as 'FasTag lane of the fee plaza' w.e.f. midnight of 15th /16th February 2021," the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said in a statement.
 

FASTag becomes mandatory from Feb 15 midnight, pay twice the toll charge from Feb 16-dnm
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New Delhi, First Published Feb 15, 2021, 10:40 AM IST
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The government has made it mandatory for all four-wheeled vehicles across the country to have FASTags starting February 15 midnight.

"It has been decided that all the lanes in the fee plazas on National Highways shall be declared as 'FasTag lane of the fee plaza' w.e.f. midnight of 15th /16th February 2021," the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said in a statement.

"Therefore, as per NH Fee Rules 2008, any vehicle not fitted with FASTag or vehicle without valid, functional FASTag entering into the FASTag lane of the fee plaza shall pay a fee equivalent to two times of the fee applicable to that category," the ministry said in a statement.

Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari said the deadline for implementation of FASTag would not be extended further, and the vehicle owners should immediately adopt the e-payment facility.

Replying to a query on FASTags, Gadkari said the government had extended the FASTag registration date limit two-three times before and now, it would not be extended further. Now, everybody should immediately buy FASTags, he added.

Gadkari told reporters that FASTag registration has gone up to 90% on some routes and only 10% people are left. FASTag is also available on toll nakas and people should purchase and use it for seamless traffic, he said at the Nagpur airport.

FASTag, which was first introduced in 2016, has been made compulsory to promote fee payment through digital mode, reduce waiting time and fuel consumption, and provide for a seamless passage through the fee plazas.

The ministry of road transport and highways had mandated fitment of FASTag in M&N categories of motor vehicles with effect from January 1, 2021.

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