With the aim to push the Digital India initiative, and ensure that people shift to cashless toll-paying at the toll plazas across the national highways of the country, the Road and transport ministry had recently mandated FASTags saying that people who don’t have one on their vehicles will have to pay double the toll tax to cross a toll plaza.
However, as of now, to ensure FASTags reaches everyone, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has also started rolling out an RFID tag that helps in the electronic payment of toll charges free at its toll plazas that will continue till March 1.
NHAI recently announced that within just 2 days of mandating electronic toll payment, the usage of FASTag has surged significantly. Now every 9 in 10 people have a FASTag attached to their vehicle. Well, clearly, the point is that Indians don’t consider doing things until aafat saare pe nhi a jaati.
On Wednesday, as per the ministry, the daily toll collection through FASTag hit a record high of Rs 95 crore. This comes after the ministry said that all toll plazas across the country will now support cashless transactions.
Meanwhile talking about the availability of FASTags at the highways, NHAI said that FASTag can be availed for free from 770 toll plazas on National and State highways across the country till March 1.
One who has a FASTag can also keep handy the ‘My FASTag App’ to check and refuel the balance in their FASTag. For a better understanding of your balance, the FAStag wallet also shows wallet balance status in colour codes. With sufficient balance, the colour code will show green, orange for low balance and red for the negative balance.