Hassle of FASTag will end, Nitin Gadkari told the plan
Hassle of FASTag will end, Nitin Gadkari told the plan

New Delhi: India is going to get rid of the hassle of FASTag soon. Along with this, toll plazas are also going to be a thing of the past. Actually, the government is working on a strategy to recover toll tax from automatic number plate reader cameras by removing tolls from the national highway. The news of this has been shared by Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari. 

According to a media report, currently, tax is deducted at toll plazas through FASTag. But soon automatic number plate reader cameras will do this work. The cameras will read these automatic number plates and toll tax money will be deducted from your bank account. Giving information in this regard, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said that the work on this scheme is going on as a pilot project. He said that legal amendments would also be considered to implement this scheme. Nitin Gadkari said that now preparations are on to remove toll plazas and install number plate reader cameras, which will collect toll tax from the drivers. According to the report, the time taken for collection of toll tax will be reduced through automatic number plate reader cameras. Gadkari said that, however, some hurdles are also emerging in this project, which is being considered to be resolved. For example, if something other than the number is written on the number plate, then there may be a problem with a reading by the camera. Gadkari said that apart from this, talking about another big problem, how to punish the driver who does not pay the toll tax, because there is no legal provision to penalize the vehicle owner who skips the toll tax. 

He said that this too needs to be brought under the purview of the law. Gadkari also emphasized that vehicles which do not have this type of number plate will be given a certain time to get it installed. After the implementation of FASTag for a toll tax deduction by the government, along with the time taken for the deduction, the long lines at toll plazas have also been relieved to a great extent. At present, 97 per cent of the total toll tax on the highways of about Rs 40,000 crore is being collected through FASTags. Whereas, three percent tax is being collected through cash or card. Talking about the time taken in this process, the average time taken by a vehicle to cross the toll plaza after the arrival of FASTags is around 47 seconds. Earlier due to the manual method of recovery where about 112 vehicles pass through one toll every hour, after the arrival of this facility, more than 260 vehicles easily cross the toll in an hour.

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