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From February 16 vehicles in J&K without FASTags will be charged double fee at tolls

Last Updated on February 15, 2021 at 7:49 pm

The Government of India today said it has made FASTags mandatory from February 15 midnight and any vehicle not fitted with it will be charged double the toll at electronic toll plazas across the country.

The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways in a statement said it has decided that all lanes in the fee plazas on National Highways shall be declared as ‘FASTag lane of the fee plaza’ from midnight of 15th/16th February 2021.

FASTag lane of the fee plaza shall pay a fee equivalent to two times of the fee applicable to that category,” the statement said. The Ministry has clarified that this has been done to further promote fee payment through digital mode, reduce waiting time and fuel consumption, and provide for a seamless passage through the fee plazas.

The Ministry had mandated fitment of FASTag in M&N categories of motor vehicles with effect from 15th February, 2021. Category ‘M’ stands for a motor vehicle with at least four wheels used for carrying passengers. And Category ‘N’ stands for a motor vehicle with at least four wheels used for carrying goods, which may also carry persons in addition to goods.

Ajay Kumar Rajak, Project Director, informed that NHAI has taken up the matter with District Administration for necessary cooperation in implementing Govt of India decision

He further added that payment of user fee through FASTag will lead to non-stop movement across the Toll plazas in near future. NHAI is making every possible effort for hassle-free movement of VVIP, Defence Personnel, Ambulance and other exempted vehicles and avoiding the traffic Jams.