How Will The 'One Vehicle, One FASTag' Rule Affect You? All You Need To Know

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Updated on Apr 02, 2024, 18:25 IST
How Will The 'One Vehicle, One FASTag' Rule Affect You? All You Need To Know

The state-owned National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has implemented the 'One Vehicle, One FASTag' rule across the country to facilitate smooth vehicular movement at Toll Plazas. This initiative aims to discourage the practice of using a single FASTag for multiple vehicles or linking multiple FASTags to one vehicle. NHAI had extended the compliance deadline for the 'One Vehicle, One FASTag' initiative to the end of March due to issues faced by Paytm FASTag users.

Understanding the Key Facets of 'One Vehicle, One FASTag' and its Implications

Under this rule, individuals with multiple FASTags for a single vehicle will no longer be able to use all of them effectively from April 1st. NHAI's decision comes in response to reports of multiple FASTags being issued for one vehicle and instances of FASTags being used without proper KYC in violation of RBI regulations. Additionally, some drivers have been deliberately avoiding placing FASTags on their windshields, causing delays at toll plazas and inconvenience to other highway users.

FASTag File photo

Electronic Toll Collection: The Rise of FASTag

FASTag is an electronic toll collection system operated by NHAI, utilising Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to facilitate toll payments directly from linked prepaid or savings accounts.

The adoption of FASTag has significantly improved electronic toll collection in India, with a penetration rate of approximately 98% and over 8 crore users nationwide. Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) through FASTag has witnessed steady growth, with a notable increase in collections and transactions in recent years. In 2022, the total collection through FASTag at fee plazas, including State Highway fee plazas, amounted to Rs. 50,855 crore, marking a 46% increase from Rs. 34,778 crore in 2021. Additionally, the number of FASTag transactions increased by nearly 48% from 2021 to 2022, indicating the growing popularity and effectiveness of the system.

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