FASTags might be necessary for automobiles from January 1, 2021, Union minister Nitin Gakdari mentioned on Thursday.
FASTags, which facilitate digital cost of price at toll plazas, was launched in 2016. Making the tags obligatory would additionally assist in making certain that automobiles move seamlessly via the toll plazas as price cost could be performed electronically.
Union Minister for Street Transport, Highways and MSMEs Nitin Gadkari has introduced that FASTag is being made necessary for all automobiles within the nation from the brand new yr, the Ministry of Street Transport and Highways mentioned in an announcement.
Addressing a digital perform on Thursday, he additionally mentioned that FASTag might be helpful for commuters as they won’t need to cease at toll plazas for money funds. In addition to, it would additionally assist save time and gasoline, he added.
FASTag was launched in 2016 and 4 banks collectively issued practically a lakh of them. By 2017, their numbers went as much as seven lakh and greater than 34 lakh FASTags had been issued in 2018.
In November this yr, the ministry issued a notification additionally making FASTag necessary from January 1, 2021 for outdated automobiles or that had been bought earlier than December 1, 2017.
As per the Central Motor Automobiles Guidelines, 1989, since December 1, 2017, FASTag had been made necessary for registration of recent four-wheelers.
It was additionally mandated that the renewal of health certificates of a transport automobile might be performed solely after the automobile involved has a FASTag.
For Nationwide Allow automobiles, the fitment of FASTag was mandated since October 1, 2019.
A legitimate FASTag could be made obligatory for getting a brand new third social gathering insurance coverage. This might come into pressure from April 1, 2021.
The ministry mentioned that steps for making certain availablity of FASTag via a number of channels are being taken. They’d be accessible at bodily places in addition to on-line, The Nationwide Toll Assortment (NETC) programme has been carried out on a pan-India foundation to be able to take away bottlenecks and guarantee seamless motion of visitors and assortment of person price as per the notified charges utilizing passive Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) expertise.