Toll collection on National Highways has been briefly suspended
Toll collection from motorists on National Highways has been briefly suspended to facilitate speedy motion to emergency companies as India fights the coronavirus outbreak.
In a tweet yesterday, Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India, stated, “In view of COVID-19, it has been ordered to briefly droop the collection of toll in any respect toll plazas throughout India.
This won’t solely scale back inconvenience to the availability of emergency companies but additionally, save important time. Maintenance of roads and availability of emergency sources at toll plaza will proceed as traditional.”
On February 12, in an effort to extend the digital collection of consumer payment by way of FASTag at NH payment plazas, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) had waived off the Rs 100 payment for FASTags between February 15-29.
During that fortnight, street customers might go to any authorized bodily point-of-sale areas with a sound Registration Certificate (RC) of the automobile and get an NHAI FASTag freed from price. Prior to that, from November 22 to December 15, 2019, a free NHAI FASTag was introduced to encourage customers.
What is a FASTag?
FASTag is a passive system that’s fastened to an automotive’s windscreen, and it makes use of radio frequency identification (RFID) to make cashless toll funds, without requiring the automobile to attend in a queue.
Dedicated readers positioned in toll plazas detect the FASTag whereas the automobile remains to be in movement, and the suitable quantity is charged from the account or digital pockets linked to the system.
FASTag has a validity of 5 years, and after buying it, you solely must recharge it as per your requirement.
It affords a close to continuous motion of automobiles via toll plazas and the comfort of the cashless fee of the payment with nation-wide interoperable Electronic Toll Collection Services.
In January 2020, the NHAI initiated a drive for removing all kinds of pace breakers on National Highways. This was introduced to make sure clean and hassle-free site visitors motion, particularly at toll plazas.
Now with the efficient implementation of FASTag on toll plazas and conversion of money lanes to FASTag lanes, the pace breakers/ rumble strips constructed at toll plazas are being eliminated for clean vehicular motion.
An NHAI FASTag could be bought from all NH payment plazas, RTOs, Common Service Centres, transport hubs and gas stations.