The FASTag digital payment system has been nothing short of revolutionary for the Indian Transport System. Ever since its inception, it has only helped the public not only save time but also money. It has furthered the government initiative of a cashless digital economy. In an effort to increase its usage, the government made the FASTag RFID stickers mandatory for vehicles starting 1 December 2019. With the hope to make it more accessible for the masses, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has decided to forgo the introductory price of Rs. 100 on FASTags from February 15 to February 29, 2020.
By making this valuable technology readily available as well as free of cost, the NHAI hopes to increase its adoption across the country. What this move means is that the public can purchase the FASTags from any authorized retail location without any hassle, provided they own valid identification and registration certificates.
The FASTag is a pliant on-vehicle device which aids the user experience on the road in an easy and efficient way. With its place on the vehicle’s windscreen, its purpose is to enable cashless toll payments without having to think about the trouble of queues. It uses Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) to enable transactions while the vehicle is on the road in transit. The readers placed at the toll plazas are able to procure an appropriate toll tax via online payment through linked accounts in a seamless fashion, enabling the public to enjoy a hassle-free road experience.
The FASTag stickers are available at a number of locations, including RTOs, transport hubs, petrol pumps, and all national highway toll plazas. This offer is only valid from 15-29 February, after the Government of India declared FASTags mandatory on January 15, 2020.
However, it should be noted that the minimum balance for the FASTag (and the security deposits for it) will still be applicable.
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