Recently, the government had set a deadline for all car owners to register their cars with FASTag IDs. This mandatory procedure was a result of the heavy traffic the citizens have to face at toll plazas on a daily basis. However, despite giving a deadline, many people haven’t registered their cars with a Fastag yet. So, the government has now decided to extend the deadline for FASTag registrations to the 15th of December, 2019. Here are a few important details about FASTags and why they are so important:
What is FASTag?
Fastag is an Electronic Toll Collection programme launched by the NHAI (National Highway Authority of India) for faster toll collection at toll plazas on National Highways. A FASTag sticker employs Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology for making toll payments directly from a prepaid account linked to it. This sticker should be affixed on the windscreen of your vehicle to help you drive through toll plazas without stopping. FASTags has a validity of over 5 years after purchase and only need to be recharged as per your requirement.
What are the benefits of using FASTag?
Using FASTags have several benefits including cashless transactions, near non-stop movement of vehicles, online recharge, SMS alerts, 5-Year validity, reduced air pollution, reduced use of paper, and also saves time and reduces traffic.
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Commenting on the importance and necessity of FASTags, Mr Ravi Mathur, CEO of GS1 India said, “FASTags would enable all vehicles to pay toll fee digitally while providing the convenience of faster movement across toll plazas. This, in turn, would help in significantly eliminate long queues at toll plazas with consequent saving in fuel and time. FASTags would also enable toll payments across State and district highways and even for parking in cities in the near future. This would help commuters in seamless movement across city parking to State to national highways. Through the use of GS1 unique identification numbers for vehicles, which are encoded in FasTags, each vehicle can get identified in a standardised and common manner by different government departments including Police, Traffic management authorities, Insurance, toll collection authorities, and municipal bodies, while in transit.”