In order to enhance electronic toll collection in the country, the government said on Wednesday that National Highways Authority of India has decided to waive FASTag fee till February 29. Note that the government has rolled out the FASTag-based electronic
toll collection system across more than 527 national highways.
Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said in a statement today, “In order to further increase digital collection of user fee via FASTag at NH fee plazas, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has decided to waive off the FASTag cost of Rs 100 for NHAI FASTag between February 15 and 29, 2020.”
In order to get an NHAI Fastag free, road users can visit any authorised point-of-sale location with a valid registration certificate (RC) of the vehicle. For those who are not aware, NHAI FASTags can be purchased from all national highway fee plazas, regional transport offices (RTO), common service centres, transport hubs, and petrol pumps.
The statement further stated, “To search for the nearest NHAI FASTag point-of-sale locations, one may download MyFASTag App, or visit www.ihmcl.com or Call 1033 NH helpline number.” The applicable security deposit and minimum balance amount for FASTag wallet will remain unchanged, it added.
It is worth mentioning that earlier, NHAI had announced for free NHAI FASTag from November 22 to December 15 last year. According to the government, over 1 crore FASTags have been issued till December 2019 and once the system is fully implemented, NHAI expects Rs 100 crore toll income per day.
Last month Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said that after the implementation of FASTag system on national highways, the revenue per day increased to Rs 87 crore from Rs 68 crore.