Automobiles

Buying a car? Don't forget to fit this device For Fast Tolling!

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| November 4 , 2017 , 17:16 IST

The Government of India has made it mandatory for all new four-wheelers to have FASTag devices fixed on the front windscreens by automobile manufacturers or authorised dealers.

A FASTag is a device that employs radio frequency identification or RFID technology to enable cashless, for making toll payments directly from the prepaid or savings account linked to it.

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. FASTag has a onetime fee of Rs 200 and is valid for 5 years from the date of issue.

The tag can be purchased from tag issuers and if it is linked to the prepaid account then the vehicle owner is required to recharge/top up the tag as per requirement.

Electronic Toll collection has a number of advantages, the most important of which is saving precious time and fuel at toll booths. Toll plazas with FASTag systems have dedicated lanes, allowing users to zip through without the need to wait in long queues.

FASTag is presently operational at about 370 toll plazas across National Highways. The system is inter-operable and the same FASTag can be used across all toll plazas under the National Electronic Toll Collection (NETC) programme.