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India News: FASTag compulsory for all Vehicles

"As per NH Fee Rules 2008, any vehicle not fitted with FASTag or vehicle without valid, functional FASTag entering into the FASTag lane of the fee plaza shall pay a fee equivalent to two times of the fee applicable to that category,"

Latest News India: From 16th Feb’2021 FASTag is mandatory for all vehicles. The ministry has said in a notification that, “As per NH Fee Rules 2008, any vehicle not fitted with FASTag or vehicle without valid, functional FASTag entering into the FASTag lane of the fee plaza shall pay a fee equivalent to two times of the fee applicable to that category,”

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The vehicles which are now trying to cross the toll plaza’s without FASTag have to pay double fees as hybrid lanes are now being discontinued.

“To further promote fee payment through digital mode, reduce waiting time and fuel consumption, and provide a seamless passage through fee plazas, it has been decided that all the lanes in the fee plazas on National Highways shall be declared as ‘FASTag lane of the fee plaza’ with effect from midnight of 15th/16th February, 2021,” said the road transport and highway ministry in a statement issued on Sunday.

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From 16th February 2021, there will not be any Cash lanes on National Highways.

What is FASTag?

FASTag is a sticker which you have to stick on your vehicles windshield. It has Radio Frequency Identification Technology (RFID) from which your toll payments will be done. The money will be deducted from your prepaid or savings account to which your FASTag is linked.

The Road and Transport ministry has made it mandatory for “M” and “N” category vehicles.

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“M” category vehicles includes vehicles with at least four wheels and which is used to to carry passengers, Private cars will fall under this category. Whereas “N” category vehicles include the vehicles with at least four wheels and used to transport goods.