On Sunday, Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Nitin Gadkari made it clear that no relaxation will be provided regarding the penalty for not using FASTag for toll collection. Actually, the central government has made toll collection mandatory via FASTag from midnight of 15th and 16th February.
At the Nagpur Airport, Gadkari said that the deadline for implementing toll collection from FASTag will not be extended further. Vehicles with no FASTag will be charged double toll as a penalty. He added that all vehicle drivers should start using the e-payment facility immediately.
The Minister said that up to 90 per cent FASTag registration has already been done on several routes. FASTag is available at all toll points and people should buy it as soon as possible so that they can enjoy uninterrupted traffic. The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways also said on Sunday that all toll booths on national highways will be hundred per cent FASTag lanes from midnight of Monday-Tuesday. Significantly, this toll recovery system i.e. FASTag was implemented back in 2016.
After various considerations, FASTag was made mandatory for all vehicles from December 1, 2019. But since then, this deadline had continued to increase. The central government had earlier announced to make FASTag mandatory from January 1, 2021, after which, the deadline was further extended to 15th February. Many people were still expecting this deadline to move forward but the Centre finally decided to implement strict action for the imposition of FASTag and announced the penalty for not using FASTag.