Vehicles with invalid FASTag ID to pay double the amount of toll charge
New Delhi : Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has announced that the vehicles with invalid or no FASTag in dedicated lanes will have to pay double the toll charges.
"The Ministry has issued notification GSR 298 E, dated May 15 2020 for amendment in the National Highways Fee (Determination of Rates and Collection) Rules, 2008 which provide that if the vehicle is not fitted with “FASTag” or vehicle is without valid or functional “FASTag”, enter into “FASTag lane” of the Fee plazas, then they shall pay a fee equivalent to two times of the fee applicable to that category of vehicles," the notification said.
As of December 2019, more than 1 crore FASTags Ids have been issued by the government, out of which more than 30 lakhs were issued in November and December only.
The government had rolled out the FASTag-based electronic toll collection mechanism from December 15 across all toll plazas of the NHAI.
In January, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) collected Rs 20 crore from 18 lakh defaulters who entered the FASTag lanes at electronic toll plazas on National Highways without the tag.