The Fastag is mandatory for all vehicles from Friday, next week. Union Road Transport, Highways and MSME Minister Nitin Gadkari announced this on Thursday. Addressing the event through a virtual medium, Gadkari said that making Fastag mandatory in all vehicles would save time and fuel at toll plazas, as vehicles would not have to stop for cash toll payments.
Fastag is an electronic toll tax payment system. It was introduced in the year 2016. At that time the four banks together sold about one lakh Fastags formed by the government after December 1, 2017. For registration of vehicles, it was made mandatory to be equipped with Fastag. After that, all new vehicles started being sold along with Fastag.
In November this year, the Ministry issued a notification stating that in vehicles sold before December 1, 2017, the Fastag will be mandatory from January 1, 2021. As soon as the vehicle reaches the toll plaza, the fastag affixed to its front glass reads the system on the plaza electronically and the amount available in that fastag is automatically deducted equal to the tax. Fastag can be recharged in several ways. It can also be linked directly to a bank account.