Automobile manufacturers have been asked to provide a digital tag in future vehicles they supply to enable electronic payment at all toll plazas, the government announced on Wednesday.
“As far as toll plazas are concerned, the Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways is advising vehicle manufacturers that in all new vehicles, the manufacturers must provide Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) facility,” economic affairs secretary Shaktikanta Das told reporters.
The RFID tag ensures that vehicles can pass the electronic toll collection booth without stopping as the toll amount will be deducted from the RFID card.
“Digital payments will improve the functioning of toll plazas,” Das said.
The secretary also said that all government offices have been asked to make payments to stakeholders, contractors and employees only via the digital mode.
“Government organisations, PSUs and other government authorities have been advised to use only digital payment methods such as internet banking, unified payment interface, cards, Aadhar-enabled payment systems to make payments to all stakeholders and their employees,” he said.
“In other words, the option of digital payments to private parties will be mandatorily provided. All these measures are meant to promote digital penetration. It will help farmers in current Rabi season to ensure normal Rabi crops on the back of a good monsoon,” he added.
In view of the cash crunch following demonetisation, the government has exempted all national highways from toll payment till November 24.