Amidst the entire buzz circling around the mandatory implementation of FASTag, Central Government has announced to delay the compulsory implementation of FASTag till December 15.
The scheduled date for the implementation was on December 1 but in a bid to provide more time to citizens, it has been delayed by two weeks to December 15, as stated by an official.
Earlier, National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) had notified in a statement that it will charge double user fee from vehicles which will enter in the FASTag Lane without a FASTag.
NHAI had stated that except one lane (hybrid lane) on each side, all lanes in toll plazas shall be declared as ‘FASTag lane of Fee Plaza’ from December 1, 2019.
FASTag is a prepaid electronic sticker installed on the vehicle that is encrypted with Radio Frequency Identification Technology (RFID) to facilitate drivers to pass through toll plazas without stopping for paying the toll tax.
The sticker is an identity of the vehicle and the charges are deducted directly from the person’s bank account or wallet. This was done to promote seamless digital transactions at toll plazas.
FASTag is currently operational in over 350 toll plazas across National Highways and the same FASTag can be used across all toll plazas under the National Electronic Toll Collection (NETC) programme.