The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways on December 31 extended the deadline for 100 percent collection of toll charges through FASTags on national highways till February 15, 2021. The previous deadline was January 1, 2021.
In a note to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), the Union ministry has said the NHAI can obtain any regulatory requirement needed for 100 percent payment through FASTags latest by February 15, 2021.
The Nitin Gadkari-led ministry, which is aiming to make the cashless transactions a norm from the first day of 2021 for seamless movement of traffic through fee plazas, has also shared an action plan for the implementation of 100 percent e-tolling from January 1, 2021, onwards.
As part of the plan, the government has mandated to declare all lanes except one lane in each direction as FASTag lane.
Earlier in November, the ministry had issued a notification making FASTag mandatory by January 1, 2021 in old vehicles sold before December 1, 2017 through amendments in the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989.
Four banks together issued nearly 1,00,000 FASTags after its launch in 2016. In 2017, the number of FASTags went up to 7,00,000 in 2017 and over 34,00,000 by 2018.
The government has also made valid FASTag mandatory while getting a new third-party insurance through an amendment in FORM 51 (certificate of insurance), wherein the details of FASTag ID shall be captured. This shall be applicable from April 1, 2021.