FASTag mandatory for all cars from December 1: Road ministry

FASTags to become mandatory for all new four-wheelers from December 1

Introduced in April 2016, FASTag is a radio-frequency identification (RFID)-enabled sticker that can be bought through banks, authorized dealers and Common Services Centres near toll plazas.

At present, there are about 370 toll plazas acros India's national highway network that have FASTag facilities. The move will also help reduce congestion at toll plazas, and petrol consumption by idling vehicles, and speed up traffic.

The RFID chip is placed on the windscreen of the vehicle and enables the commuter to drive through toll plazas, without stopping for cash transactions.

The customer will receive an SMS with requisite details to his registered mobile number as soon as the toll transaction takes place. The minimum and maximum amount allowed to be recharged is Rs 100 and Rs 1 lakh, respectively. However, FASTag is not compulsory for existing vehicle owners. The FASTag user has to recharge the tag depending on his or her usage, which will benefit the user as their will be less time spent at the toll booth.

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Near non-stop movement of vehicles leading to lower fuel cost.

The FASTags can be recharged online through Credit Card / Debit Card /NEFT/ RTGS or Net Banking. It can be used at all toll plazas that fall under the National Electronic Toll Collection (NETC) programme. FASTag has a onetime fee of Rs 200 and is valid for 5 years from the date of issue.

A user can also ask the automobile companies to install it on the vehicles. Documents required to get FASTag: Users can visit any of the Point of Sale (POS) locations at Toll Plazas/Issuer Agency to get the FASTag account created. Periodic statement of account may also be obtained on website of the Issuer Agency after registration by the customer.

This rule indicates that no cars will be permitted for traveling unless a FASTag has been installed.

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