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Traffic moves along the Pilkhuwa Toll plaza, in Ghaziabad. ( Sakib Ali / Hindustan Times)

FASTags to become mandatory from February 15: All you need to know

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 10, 2021 09:33 PM IST
  • The government had initially set the deadline for the mandatory fitment of FASTag for all vehicles in the country from January 1, 2021 but the implementation was delayed and toll plazas continued collecting money manually too.
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Vehicle owners have to visit a Point of Sale (POS) location or an Issuer Agency to get a FASTag account created(Vipin Kumar /HT PHOTO)
Vehicle owners have to visit a Point of Sale (POS) location or an Issuer Agency to get a FASTag account created(Vipin Kumar /HT PHOTO)

FASTags are mandatory from January 1, only hybrid lanes to accept cash till Feb 15: All you need to know

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ayshee Bhaduri | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2021 09:32 AM IST
FASTag is a sticker attached to the windshield and makes use of Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) technology, which is featured as a barcode. This is linked to the registration details of a vehicle and a bank account through which the toll charges are deducted.
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FASTags will be mandatory for all vehicles with effect from January 1, 2021, in M and N categories of motor vehicles sold before December 1, 2017(HT PHOTO)
FASTags will be mandatory for all vehicles with effect from January 1, 2021, in M and N categories of motor vehicles sold before December 1, 2017(HT PHOTO)

FASTags mandatory from January 1, Govt clarifies only hybrid lanes will accept cash till Feb 15

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 10:41 PM IST
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways clarified on Thursday that only a single hybrid lane will be functional at tolls for accepting cash till February 15.
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FASTag is an electronic toll collection system in India which is operated by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).(Parveen Kumar/HT file photo)
FASTag is an electronic toll collection system in India which is operated by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).(Parveen Kumar/HT file photo)

Centre extends deadline for FASTag toll collection till February 15

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by: Harshit Sabarwal | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 31, 2020 02:24 PM IST
The deadline was earlier set to January 1 with transport minister Nitin Gadkari saying that FASTag will be mandatory for all vehicles in the country
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Several new rules, affecting a common man’s life, are set to come into effect from January 1, 2021 (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times).
Several new rules, affecting a common man’s life, are set to come into effect from January 1, 2021 (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times).

New year, new rules: What all is changing from January 1, 2021

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 02:38 PM IST
Several new rules, affecting a common man’s life, are set to come into effect from the first day of the new year.
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The statement said the new feature has been introduced to ensure that payment of user fee is done through FASTag at toll plazas and the waiting time is reduced.(HT Photo | Representational image)
The statement said the new feature has been introduced to ensure that payment of user fee is done through FASTag at toll plazas and the waiting time is reduced.(HT Photo | Representational image)

NHAI updates FASTag app to provide balance status to users

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Srivatsan K C | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 28, 2020 07:02 PM IST
“With FASTag becoming mandatory on toll plazas from 1st January 2021 and to ensure its smooth implementation, NHAI has updated its Mobile App ‘My FASTag App’ with a new feature to ‘Check Balance Status’ by simply entering the vehicle number,” NHAI said in a statement.
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File photo: Vehicles line up at Kherki-Daula toll plaza in Gurugram, India.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
File photo: Vehicles line up at Kherki-Daula toll plaza in Gurugram, India.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)

‘FASTag fee collection reaches Rs 80 crore per day’: NHAI

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 10:44 PM IST
Centre has made FASTags mandatory for all vehicles from January 1, 2021.
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FASTags, which facilitate electronic payment of fee at toll plazas, was introduced in 2016. Making the tags compulsory would also help in ensuring that vehicles pass seamlessly through the toll plazas fee payment would be done electronically.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
FASTags, which facilitate electronic payment of fee at toll plazas, was introduced in 2016. Making the tags compulsory would also help in ensuring that vehicles pass seamlessly through the toll plazas fee payment would be done electronically.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)

FASTag to be mandatory for vehicles from Jan 1, says Nitin Gadkari

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Deepali Sharma | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 24, 2020 06:08 PM IST
FASTag was launched in 2016 and four banks together issued nearly a lakh of them. By 2017, their numbers went up to seven lakh and more than 34 lakh FASTags were issued in 2018.
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Here’s a look at the new rules before their rollout on January 1, 2021.(File photo)
Here’s a look at the new rules before their rollout on January 1, 2021.(File photo)

Mandatory FASTags, Quarterly GST filing and WhatsApp services: Rules that are changing from Jan 1

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Mallika Soni | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 10:29 AM IST
From tomorrow – January 1, 2021, some rules on quarterly GST filing, mandatory FASTags and discontinuation of WhatsApp services on some phones are going to change. Here’s a look at the new rules before their rollout on January 1, 2021.
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As per Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, the FASTag had been made mandatory for registration of new four wheeled vehicles since December 1, 2017 and is being supplied by the vehicle manufacturers or their dealers.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
As per Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, the FASTag had been made mandatory for registration of new four wheeled vehicles since December 1, 2017 and is being supplied by the vehicle manufacturers or their dealers.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)

FASTags mandatory for all four wheelers from Jan 1, 2021

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shivani Kumar | New Delhi, Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 08, 2020 12:08 PM IST
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has issued a notification for promotion of digital and IT based payment of fees through FASTags.
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SIVA manufactures FASTags for some of India’s leading financial institutions.(Siva Group)
SIVA manufactures FASTags for some of India’s leading financial institutions.(Siva Group)

SIVA focuses on Make in India and strengthens commitment to FASTags

UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2020 01:01 PM IST
SIVA manufactures 100% of its FASTags in house at its state-of-the-art facility in Goa and has invested further to increase production capacity.
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The Centre mandated that all lanes of toll plazas on national highways be declared FASTag lanes by December 15 to reduce bottlenecks along the national highways. (Photo by Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)
The Centre mandated that all lanes of toll plazas on national highways be declared FASTag lanes by December 15 to reduce bottlenecks along the national highways. (Photo by Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)

FASTag mandatory to avail toll discounts

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 26, 2020 02:08 AM IST
FASTag is a radio frequency identification sticker typically fixed to a vehicle’s windscreen that allows for the deduction of toll wirelessly and automatically without requiring a vehicle to stop at plazas.
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FASTag is a radio frequency identification sticker typically fixed to a vehicle’s windscreen that allows for the deduction of toll wirelessly and automatically without requiring a vehicle to stop at plazas. (Vipin Kumar /HT PHOTO)
FASTag is a radio frequency identification sticker typically fixed to a vehicle’s windscreen that allows for the deduction of toll wirelessly and automatically without requiring a vehicle to stop at plazas. (Vipin Kumar /HT PHOTO)

Govt makes FASTag mandatory to avail discounts at highway tolls

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2020 08:44 PM IST
The transport ministry on Tuesday amended the National Highways Fee (Determination of Rates and Collection) Rules, 2008 to allow discount for users who make the return journey within 24 hours and all other local exemptions only if the vehicle carries a valid functional FASTag.
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A total of 1.68 crore FASTags have been issued across the country till the beginning of May 2020.(Sunil Ghosh/HT file photo)
A total of 1.68 crore FASTags have been issued across the country till the beginning of May 2020.(Sunil Ghosh/HT file photo)

Highways ministry asks NIC to capture FASTag details before vehicle registration

By Press Trust of India| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 12, 2020 03:54 PM IST
FASTag employs radio frequency identification (RFID) technology for making toll payments on national highways directly from the prepaid or savings account linked to it.
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FASTag is a radio frequency identification sticker typically fixed to a vehicle’s windscreen that allows the deduction of toll wirelessly and automatically without requiring a vehicle to stop at plazas.(HT file photo)
FASTag is a radio frequency identification sticker typically fixed to a vehicle’s windscreen that allows the deduction of toll wirelessly and automatically without requiring a vehicle to stop at plazas.(HT file photo)

FASTags to be available for free for 15 days

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 13, 2020 03:45 AM IST
The Centre mandated that all lanes of toll plazas along national highways be declared FASTag lanes by December 15 to reduce bottlenecks along the national highways.
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People in the process of purchasing FASTags from the NHAI booth at the Faridabad toll plaza at Badarpur border, New Delhi(Vipin Kumar /HT File Photo)
People in the process of purchasing FASTags from the NHAI booth at the Faridabad toll plaza at Badarpur border, New Delhi(Vipin Kumar /HT File Photo)

FASTag to be available free of charge till Feb 29

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 12, 2020 07:27 PM IST
Road users can visit any authorised point-of-sale location with a valid registration certificate (RC) of the vehicle and get an NHAI FASTag free of cost, a statement of the road transport ministry said.
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People in the process of purchasing FASTags from the NHAI booth(Vipin Kumar /HT PHOTO)
People in the process of purchasing FASTags from the NHAI booth(Vipin Kumar /HT PHOTO)

Centre plans to use FASTag data for toll revision on NHs

By Anisha Dutta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 11, 2020 03:41 AM IST
The Union road transport ministry has asked the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to conduct a study in this regard based on electronic toll data with 100% implementation of the FASTag programme.
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Electronic toll collection at highway plazas has gone up by at least 60%, the transport ministry said.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Electronic toll collection at highway plazas has gone up by at least 60%, the transport ministry said.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)

In major setback, FASTag increases wait time by 29%

By Anisha Dutta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2020 05:10 AM IST
To be sure, much of this is because not everyone has moved to FASTags yet, and the data mainly highlights teething troubles in the digital payment method across national highways.
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FASTag mandatory to get return journey, local area exemption

By Neeraj Mohan | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Karnal
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2020 11:12 PM IST
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Only 56% commuters with FASTags at Dappar Chandimandir tolls

By Yuvraj Kaushal and Idrees Bukhtiyar | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Panchkula/ Mohali
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2020 12:41 AM IST
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It said the speed breakers cause delay and significant discomfort to vehicle occupants, damage vehicles and add to more fuel consumption due to acceleration and deceleration.(Mint (Representative image))
It said the speed breakers cause delay and significant discomfort to vehicle occupants, damage vehicles and add to more fuel consumption due to acceleration and deceleration.(Mint (Representative image))

Centre orders removal of speed breakers on national highways

By Anisha Dutta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2020 02:37 PM IST
The ministry of road transport and highways said speed breakers will be removed from all national highways, which are designed to cater to high-speed traffic without any hindrance, under the jurisdiction of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).
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Long queues of vehicles are seen at the Kherki-Daula toll plaza on the second day of FASTag toll being implemented, in Gurugram, India, on Monday, December 16, 2019. More than two kilometres of traffic jam was seen at the toll plaza.(Yogendra Kumar / HT Photo)
Long queues of vehicles are seen at the Kherki-Daula toll plaza on the second day of FASTag toll being implemented, in Gurugram, India, on Monday, December 16, 2019. More than two kilometres of traffic jam was seen at the toll plaza.(Yogendra Kumar / HT Photo)

50% FASTag use across India on 1st day of rollout

By Anisha Dutta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2019 03:58 AM IST
Data of December 15 monitored by the ministry of road transport and highways and reviewed by Hindustan Times shows that 19.5 lakh transactions were done, garnering a total of Rs 39.5 crore collected through electronic toll payment of FASTags at toll booths out of a total amount of Rs 78.87 crore toll collection.
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Long queues of vehicles at the Chandimandir toll plaza on Sunday.(Sant Arora/HT)
Long queues of vehicles at the Chandimandir toll plaza on Sunday.(Sant Arora/HT)

First day of transition to FASTags: More hybrid lanes opened amid heavy rush

By Munieshwer A Sagar | Hindustan Times, Panchkula, Panchkula
PUBLISHED ON DEC 16, 2019 12:47 AM IST
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The Kherki Daula toll plaza, Gurugram(HT Photo)
The Kherki Daula toll plaza, Gurugram(HT Photo)

19 lanes at Kherki Daula toll to accept FASTags from today

By Rohit David | Hindustan Times, Gurugram, Gurugram
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2019 09:45 AM IST
For the next 30 days, six lanes out of 25 at the Kherki Daula toll plaza will continue to accept cash; the decision has been taken to avoid traffic congestion, say highways authority officials.
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Over the past two months, hoardings and posters explaining the ease and utility of FASTag came up on either side of the highway.(Raj K Raj/HT Representative PHOTO)
Over the past two months, hoardings and posters explaining the ease and utility of FASTag came up on either side of the highway.(Raj K Raj/HT Representative PHOTO)

FASTag: In Bengal, vehicle owners in a wait-and-watch mode

By Joydeep Thakur | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2019 04:43 AM IST
Across the state, 19 plazas will be FASTag-enabled starting Sunday.
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People lined-up to get their Radio-Frequency Identification stickers at Karnal toll plaza.(Neeraj Mohan / HT Photo)
People lined-up to get their Radio-Frequency Identification stickers at Karnal toll plaza.(Neeraj Mohan / HT Photo)

FASTag: Response from private vehicle owners poor, say officials at Karnal toll plaza

By Neeraj Mohan | Hindustan Times, Karnal
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2019 04:38 AM IST
The Centre pushed the initial deadline to make vehicles FASTag-enabled from December 1, but since then, say employees at these Point of Sale counters, sales have come down.
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Vehicles in the FASTag lane at Bhagan Toll Plaza, in Murthal, Haryana, India, on Friday, December 13, 2019.(Sanjeev Verma/ HT Photo)
Vehicles in the FASTag lane at Bhagan Toll Plaza, in Murthal, Haryana, India, on Friday, December 13, 2019.(Sanjeev Verma/ HT Photo)

Shortage of tags, confusion may hit govt’s FASTag plan

By Anisha Dutta and Ashish Mishra | Hindustan Times, Ambala/New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2019 03:56 PM IST
The govt’s move aims to reduce bottlenecks at national highways but technical glitches as well as a shortage of tags have led to long queues
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A man points to the FASTag on his vehicle's windshield, at the toll office at Kherki-Daula toll plaza, in Gurugram, on November 27, 2019.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
A man points to the FASTag on his vehicle's windshield, at the toll office at Kherki-Daula toll plaza, in Gurugram, on November 27, 2019.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)

As India gears up for FASTag, a ready reckoner

By Anisha Dutta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 05, 2020 12:45 AM IST
The Centre’s earlier deadline mandating FASTags by December 1 had been postponed to December 15 to provide some more time to citizens to buy and put FASTag on their vehicles.
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The system, first introduced in 2016, lets toll booths wirelessly and automatically deduct the fee as the vehicles pass through so that they don’t have to stop to pay the money. (HT photo)
The system, first introduced in 2016, lets toll booths wirelessly and automatically deduct the fee as the vehicles pass through so that they don’t have to stop to pay the money. (HT photo)

Centre extends deadline for mandatory FASTags to December 15

By Anisha Dutta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2019 09:02 PM IST
The ministry of road transport and highways had announced in July that FASTags will become compulsory across national highways starting on December 1 to ease congestion at toll plazas and reduce traffic bottlenecks.
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“We will provide FASTags free of cost from today till December 1 across all National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) authorised point of sales,” Union road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari said.(HT Photo)
“We will provide FASTags free of cost from today till December 1 across all National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) authorised point of sales,” Union road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari said.(HT Photo)

Government makes FASTags free till December 1 to encourage electronic toll payment

By Anisha Dutta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 22, 2019 12:10 AM IST
The offer comes 10 days before FASTags, which entail radio frequency identification (RFID) stickers being affixed on the windscreens of vehicles, become compulsory for motorists on national highways.
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