The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), in the latest move, has extended the due date by which all compulsorily need to get a FASTag for their vehicles. Earlier, the government has said that FASTag would be mandatory from January 1 but have now extended the date to Feburary 15.
For the unaware, a FASTag is an electronic toll collection mechanism that includes an RFID tag affixed to your vehicle. The rechargeable tag is linked to one’s prepaid account/e-wallet. If you cross the toll with the same affixed, the toll amount is automatically deducted from one’s account without them having to stop.
The mandatory FASTag implementation is part of the government’s bid to make all toll plazas digital in the next two years.
If you are yet to purchase a FASTag, then here is how you can do it:
FASTags are made available by 22 certified banks through Point-of-Sale (PoS) at National Highway toll plazas and also by bank branches.
Also, you can buy FASTags from e-commerce platforms like Amazon, Flipkart and Paytm Mall. For topping up your FASTag, you can use apps like PhonePe, Google Pay, etc just like you top up your metro card.
You can also buy FASTags from Airtel. Additionally, FASTag users can also get 2.5 per cent cashback from NHAI on all toll payments done via FASTag. A FASTag’s cost has been fixed at ₹100 by NPCI.
For quickly buying FASTag, visit ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, SBI, etc websites. There you will find the ‘Apply for FASTag’ option. Enter your vehicle number and registered mobile number to receive an OTP. Then you need to enter details like name, address, etc. and pay a specific fee to confirm the FASTag purchase.
If you live anywhere 10 km from the toll plaza, you can avail of a concession on toll. For this, you will have to present documents like proof of residence at the bank at the nearest POS location to validate that your residential address is within 10 km of a particular toll plaza.