Windows rolled down, wind in your hair and your signature road-trip jam blasting through the speakers of your car. This is one of the most satisfying moment while travelling, until it comes to a halt with a painfully long queue of cars waiting to pay the toll. Thankfully, starting from December 1, 2019, it is compulsory for all private and commercial vehicles to be FASTag enabled.
What is a FASTag?
In an attempt to curb congestion at toll booths and increase transparency of transactions, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways is all set to implement the FASTag programme. FASTags are enabled with RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology which allows drivers to simply pass through FASTag lanes without having to stop and pay. The FASTag device will be attached to the windscreen of the vehicle and linked to a bank account or wallet from where money will automatically get deducted.
Under this programme, all lanes of a toll plaza across the country will be declared as FASTag lanes. Only one of these lanes will be a hybrid lane where you can pay by cash and other methods, however, you will have to pay double the amount, if you don't have a FASTag.
Where can you purchase FASTags?
FASTags will be mandatory from December 1, 2019, so it is important that you purchase the device beforehand to avoid being penalised. There are more than 28,500 locations from where you can purchase the FASTag device. NH fee plazas, RTOs, common service centers, transport hubs, bank branches, selected petrol pumps and even Amazon have the device available.
Activating your FASTag
Once you have bought the device, connect it to any of your bank accounts or prepaid wallets. You then have to activate the device by downloading the My FASTag Mobile App. In case you're not so hands-on with a mobile app, you can even head to your bank branch and get the device activated.
Recharging your FASTag
If your FASTag is linked to your bank account, then you won't need to recharge it separately. All you have to do is ensure that your bank account has sufficient balance to pay the toll booth fee. However, if you've connected the FASTag to a prepaid wallet, then you can simply recharge it through net banking, UPI and credit or debit cards.
With FASTags made mandatory, you can now enjoy your road trip, uninterrupted! Purchase your FASTag device today and start planning your next adventure.
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