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Get FASTag for free at toll plazas till March 1

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on February 18, 2021 Published on February 18, 2021

FASTag adoption increases to 87% at toll plazas

Even as the number of FASTag users has surged in the last two days, the National Highway Authority of India has started distributing the  RFID tag that enables electronic payment of toll charges  free at its toll plazas and will do so till March 1.

With nearly 60 lakh transactions, the daily toll collection through FASTag hit a record ₹95 crore on Wednesday, NHAI said in a release. The NHAI had said that users without  FASTags will have to pay double the prescribed toll in cash.  According to NHAI sources, it is too early to estimate the  “double toll” collected.

NHAI officials said that in case of a technical snag at toll plazas, users with FASTags can cross toll plazas without paying any charge so long as there is  balance in their tags.

Within two days of the NHAI mandating electronic toll payment, FASTag usage reached the level of almost 9 in 10 users. To increase adoption of FASTags, the NHAI stated that users can get a free FASTag at 770 toll plazas on National and State highways across the country till March 1.

 A record sales of over 2.5 lakh tags was reported in the last two days, an NHAI release said.

‘Check Balance Status’

 To help users keep track of the FASTag balance, a ‘Check Balance Status’ feature has been added to the ‘My FASTag App’. The app will show the FASTag wallet balance status in  colour codes — green for a tag with sufficient balance, orange for low balance and red for those in negative, said the release. Also, users can instantly recharge via the app or at a recharge facility at a toll plaza point of sale, added the release.

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Published on February 18, 2021
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