The deadline FASTag I FASTag remains mandatory from January 1; the extension of the term is valid only for hybrid bands, the ministry states

FASTag remains mandatory from January 1; the extension of the term is valid only for hybrid bands, the ministry clarifies Photo credit: BCCL

New Delhi: The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) said on Thursday that FASTag will be mandatory on January 1, 2021, in the categories of vehicles “M” and “N”, sold before December 1, 2017.

Four-wheeled vehicles fall into category ‘M’, while ‘N’ is a four-wheeled vehicle used for the carriage of goods. The ministry clarified that this central rule on motor vehicles remains in force as it is.

However, the extension of the term only refers to hybrid bands of the charging markets where the payment of charging fees can be made in cash made until February 15, 2021. Payment on hybrid bands can also be made through radio frequency identification stickers. (RFID) called FASTag which are linked to users’ electronic wallets or bank accounts for electronic payments at toll gates.

“It is clarified that this central rule on motor vehicles remains in force as it is. However, on the hybrid lanes of toll markets on national motorways, tolls can be paid both through FASTag and in cash until 15 February. 2021 “.

“Moreover, in the FASTag bands of payment tariffs, the payment of taxes will continue to be only through FASTag. The ministry has clarified that it is committed to implementing 100% E taxes in the tax markets starting January 1, 2021, mandated under the CMV Rules, as amended, “MoRTH said in a statement on Thursday.

The previous deadline for collecting 100% of tolls on national highways through FASTag was 1 January, which was extended until 15 February. After 15 February, drivers will be allowed to make toll payments on motorways exclusively through FASTag.

To this end, the 1989 Central Motor Vehicle Rules have been amended. The ministry issued a notification on November 6. The extension was given because many people still use cash to pay the toll on national highways.

Currently, the share of FASTag payments in tax markets fluctuates between 75-78%. In order to discourage cash payments in the charging markets, all but one of the bands were dedicated to FASTag transactions and referred to as “FASTag Lanes”.

In particular, if a vehicle is found on the lane without FASTag, then the owner is obliged to pay double the normal toll.

An electronic tax collection method, FASTAg is an RFID tag that is affixed to the windshield of your vehicle. The label can be recharged in cash and allows the automatic deduction of tolls at collection booths on national motorways. It is automatically deducted at toll booths.

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