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No FASTag? Pay twice the toll charge from February 16

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The automatic toll payment system FASTag will become mandatory from tomorrow midnight, the centre said today during a statement. those that don’t install FASTag in their vehicles or have a tag that doesn’t work will need to pay a fee adequate to twice the fee for the category of the vehicle they’re driving.

To ensure smooth transition to the FASTag system, the govt said all fee lanes in toll plazas on National Highways are going to be ready to read the tags.

“Government declares FASTag mandatory w.e.f midnight of 15th/16th February 2021 Any vehicle not fitted with FASTag or without valid, functional FASTag getting into FASTag lane, shall pay a fee like twice of fee applicable thereto category,” the government’s Press Information Bureau said during a statement today.

The government said the move to FASTag will help promote fee payment through digital mode, reduce waiting time and fuel consumption, and supply for a seamless passage through fee plazas.

The Transport Ministry had mandated FASTag in “M and N” categories of vehicles. “M” category stands for a vehicle with a minimum of four wheels used for carrying passengers. And category “N” stands for a vehicle with four wheels used for carrying goods also as passengers.

Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari today said deadline for using FASTag wouldn’t be extended and vehicle owners should immediately use the e-payment facility.

FASTag was introduced in 2016. Mr Gadkari said the govt had extended the FASTag registration date limit several times before, and now it might not be extended anymore.