What is a FASTag?
FASTag is an electronic toll collection system operated by the NHAI(National Highways Authority of India). A sticker is attached to the windshield of your vehicle from the inside which has an imprinted radio-frequency identification (RFID) barcode that is linked to all the registration details. This sticker is valid for a period of 5 years from the date of issuance.
How does a FASTag work?
When the vehicle passes through a toll plaza, there are FASTag readers available that read into the sticker and then deduct the required amount, without having to stop to pay cash.
How can I buy a FASTag?
In order to buy a FASTag for your car, you can go to certain toll plazas with your identification as well as the vehicle registration documents. This is a mandatory KYC process. You can also apply through other means like Airtel Payments Bank & PayTM or approach certain banks.
How can I recharge my FASTag?
You can use the FASTag wallet created by the issuing bank, and recharge it using internet banking, credit/debit cards, or UPI.
Any issuer bank’s FASTag can also be recharged through My FASTag App using UPI payment.
Why is FASTag mandatory for my vehicle?
The government has clarified that this has been done to promote fee payment through digital mode, reduce waiting time, fuel consumption, and provide seamless passage through fee plazas. It had earlier mandated the fitment of FASTag in M&N categories of motor vehicles with effect from Ist January 2021.
What happens if I don’t have a FASTag?
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 the fee applicable to that category.
Who is exempt from getting a FASTag?
The President, The Prime Minister, Supreme Court & High Court Judges, Members of Parliament, military officers, etc are exempted from getting FASTags.
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