On 15th January 2020, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has mandated 100% digitization of toll collection. The policy is supposed to decongest the national highways, reduce fuel consumption and save commute time.
What is FASTag?
FASTag is a small reusable RFID chip attached to the vehicle’s windshield, enabling automatic digital payment at toll booths. When a vehicle with FASTag crosses through a toll booth, toll fee is automatically deducted from the bank account linked with the FASTag or from its digital wallet.
Where can one get FASTag and how much does it cost?
FASTags can be purchased from banks, Road Transport Authority offices, toll booths and some petrol pumps. FASTags can also be purchased online at e-commerce platforms such as Amazon, payTm and Airtel Thanks App.
FASTags can be purchased at a one-time joining fee of Rs. 100 and a security deposit of Rs. 250. Further, the user is supposed to keep a minimum balance in his bank account or digital wallet for the smooth and uninterrupted transaction.
Are FASTags ready to use?
FASTag is a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) kit, when purchased from a bank, is linked with your bank account and associated with your vehicle. When you purchase a FASTag online or from other points of sales, you can activate it by entering your vehicle’s details and set up a mode of payment. You can also recharge the digital wallet associated with your FASTag.
Is it compulsory to have FASTag?
As per the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, vehicles must have FASTags. Vehicles without FASTag will be charged double the toll amount.
What if my FASTag doesn’t work?
In case, a commuter has an active and working FASTag and still, he is not able to make a digital payment due to some issue with electronic infrastructure at the toll booth, his passage shall be free through the booth. The booth will issue a “zero transaction” receipt to the vehicle.