The Union Government has set January 1 as the new deadline for mandatory FASTag, NHAI is planning to deploy more manpower on the lanes to assist vehicles owners who have not adopted to the FASTag mode yet to purchase one. The current data says almost 71 per cent of transactions on the National Highways toll plazas in Tamil Nadu were through FASTag mode while the national average stood at 74 per cent, said a senior NHAI official.
The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has made FASTag mandatory for all four-wheelers irrespective of the year of manufacture and age. To ensure compliance, MORTH has made FASTags must for vehicles to get new third-party insurance from April 1, 2021. Apart from the on spot sale set up at the toll plazas, petrol bunks in the nearby of the plazas were roped in to set up point of sale of FASTags. “This was done to avoid queueing near the toll plazas,” the official said, adding that FASTag activation has been simplified.
“Unlike earlier, now, FASTag will be activated within one to two minutes after the purchase of the RFID tag,” the official added. Recharge at toll Plaza is also enabled. “On the extreme left lane, there will be a point of sale of FASTags before the toll plaza where it can be purchased or recharge can be done,” the official added.