FASTag Now Available Free-Of-Cost For Next 15 Days (Image: FASTag) (Photo Credit: File Photo)
Free-Free-Free! FASTag is absolutely free for the next 15 days. Yes, you read it right. If you are yet to purchase FASTag, then apply for it now. It is to be noted that the Narendra Modi-led government has announced that it will offer FASTags free of charge for 15 days i.e. from February 15 to February 29. The move from centre aims to further enhance electronic toll collection and relief for vehicle users across the country.
Recently, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways released a statement saying, "In order to further increase digital collection of user fee via FASTag at NH fee plazas, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has decided to waive off the FASTag cost of Rs 100 for NHAI FASTag between February 15 and 29, 2020."
"To search for the nearest NHAI FASTag point-of-sale locations, one may download MyFASTag App, or visit www.ihmcl.com or Call 1033 NH helpline number," the statement said. The NHAI firther said, "Road users can visit any authorised point-of-sale location with a valid registration certificate (RC) of the vehicle and get an NHAI FASTag free of cost," it said.
"NHAI FASTags can be purchased from all national highway fee plazas, regional transport offices, common service centres, transport hubs, and petrol pumps, among others," it added. The applicable security deposit and minimum balance amount for FASTag wallet shall, however, remain unchanged.
Centre has rolled out the FASTag-based toll collection system across more than 527 national highways in the country.
FASTag is a device that uses Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology for making toll payments directly while a vehicle crosses the toll plaza. Affixed on the windscreen of the vehicle, FASTag enables a customer to make the toll payments directly from the account linked to it.
FASTags are being issued by 22 certified banks including Axis Bank, ICICI Bank, HDFC, SBI, Yes Bank, IndusInd Bank, Yes Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Bank Of Baroda, and others. FASTags can also be availed by various channels such as Point-of-Sale (POS) at National Highway toll plazas.
Interestingly, FASTags are also available on e-commerce platforms such as Amazon. For any assistance related to FASTags, one can call on the helpline number issued by the government – 1033.