Read this article to know about the recent amendment made in the FASTag rule by The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
The Government made FASTags mandatory from 15th December 2019 and so far, 1.68 crore FASTags have been issued across the country (as of May 2020).
The Government is now stressing on people to use FASTags more than ever because of the pandemic, as they minimize the contact between the toll payer and collector. There are many benefits of using the tag - it saves fuel and time as the person doesn't have to stop at toll plazas, it also increases transparency in the system as variables are reduced, etc. FASTags have absolutely no downsides and are a great way to deal with some of the major problems at Toll Plazas.
Previously, people were made to pay twice the fee applicable if their vehicle didn't carry a FASTag and entered a dedicated FASTag lane. This was done to encourage people to start using FASTags, switching from the traditional way of paying at toll plazas.
However, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued a notice GSR 298 E, dated 15th May 2020 for an amendment in the National Highways Fee (Determination of Rates and Collection) Rules, 2008. This alteration added another condition to the double fee payment rule at tolls. Now, if a vehicle without a valid or functional FASTag enters the dedicated lane, the user has to pay double the fee just like someone without a FASTag. This amendment will help deal with violators who were not renewing their FASTags earlier.
The moral of the story is that you must have a valid and active FASTag for your vehicle at all times. What are your thoughts on this amendment and would this be enough to stop the violators? Let me know in the comments.