December 1, the Ministry of Highways and Roads, has made it mandatory for all vehicles, private and commercial to immediately switch to electronic toll payment also known as FASTag across the country.
What is a FASTag?
FASTag is basically a device which is affixed on a vehicles’s windscreen. A FASTag comes with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology that is linked to the customer’s saving account. So, when one crosses a toll, a tag reader will scan the FASTag and deduct the toll charges electronically with no manual intervention. Users will also receive service SMSes for transaction, low balance and other details.
Advantages of FASTag
- Customers would not be required to carry cash especially for transaction in toll plazas.
- The service will save time of a vehicle owner.
- This will facilitate non-stop movement of vehicles leading to lower fuel consumption.
How to get FASTag on your vehicle?
FASTags can be purchased from any of the authorised banks including Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, Syndicate Bank, SBI, IDFC Bank and ICICI Bank. People can also buy FASTags from Paytm, toll plazas, RTOs, Common Service Centre, transport hubs and selected petrol pumps. It must be noted that there are certain documents required in order to purchase a FASTag. For purchasing FASTags, a vehicle-owner needs to submit a registration certificate of the vehicle, passport size photographs of the himself or herself and either the driving licence, Aadhaar card, Voter id, PAN Card or passport as identification document.