The central ministry of highways has pushed the deadline to mandate FASTag from December 1 to December 15 in order to provide more time to citizens. Hence, the highway authority will charge double the toll fee to vehicles without FASTag entering the FASTag lane from December 15 instead of December 1. The government has decided to make all the lanes, except one on each side as hybrid lane, as FASTag lanes in order to boost the digital toll payment collection.
Till November 27, more than 70 lakh FASTag accounts have been created. The FASTag issuance grew at a faster pace since November 22, when the government announced that it will start providing FASTags free of cost at all the toll plazas and RTO offices in the country. On November 26, FASTag issuance was the highest at 1,35,583 tags. On average, the daily issuance has increased by 330% from 8,000 tags in July this year to 35,000 tags in November.
Getting FASTag free of cost means there is no need to pay the security deposit of ₹150-200 while getting the 10x 5 cm Radio-frequency Identification (RFID) tag as it will be borne by NHAI. Those who are still looking to get the FASTag can call the helpline number 1033 for assistance, or check My FASTag app available on Google Play Store, or follow the procedure of online application elaborated by us and get the FASTag without any hassle.