Mandating FASTags at toll plazas to help improve transportation efficiency: SIAM

Fastag to be made mandatory from December 15th. (PTI)

Auto industry body SIAM on Monday said mandating FASTags at toll plazas from December 15 will improve overall transportation efficiency as there will be faster turnaround time for movement of goods and passengers.

Last week, the government had extended the date for making FASTag mandatory for toll payments on national highways from December 15, instead of December 1. It would charge double user fee from vehicles entering FASTag lane without FASTag from December 15.

“100 per cent implementation of FASTags would have several economic and environmental benefits in the road transportation sector with seamless movement through the toll plazas, thereby ensuring faster turnaround time for movement of goods and passengers and improving overall transportation efficiency,” Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) President Rajan Wadhera said in a statement.

SIAM said its members have been playing a crucial role along with the centre for the FASTags initiative in the last two years. A robust process at dealers end has been established for fitment of FASTags for new passenger vehicles sold from December 1, 2017.

It is estimated that more than six million FASTags have been issued recently.

FASTag is a prepaid tag affixed on vehicles windscreen that enables automatic deduction of toll charges which lets the vehicle pass through the toll plaza without stopping for the cash transaction.