FASTags stickers uses RFID (Radio-frequency identification) technology to enable digital, contactless payment of tolls?
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One Nation One FASTag’ scheme will be implemented from December 1. FASTags will be mandatory for all four-wheeler passenger vehicles and all commercial vehicles including buses, trucks, tractors and construction machinery at all national highways.
What is One Nation One FASTag Scheme?
- The One Nation One FASTag scheme aims to integrate the collection of toll digitally and ensure seamless mobility of vehicles across India. Ministry of Road Transport and Highways in implementing this scheme.
What is a FASTtag?
- FASTags are stickers that are affixed to the windscreen of vehicles and use RFID technology to enable digital, contactless payment of tolls without having to stop at toll gates. The tags are linked to bank accounts and other payment methods. A FASTag is valid for five years
- As a car crosses a toll plaza, the amount is automatically deducted, and a notification is sent to the registered mobile phone number. Sensors are placed on toll barriers, and the barriers open for vehicles having valid FASTags.
- The digital system was developed by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) and is based on the National Electronic Toll Collection (NETC) programme.
- A FASTag is vehicle specific and is linked to the car’s registration. Once assigned to a vehicle, it cannot be transferred to another vehicle.
How will it benefit?
A unified electronic tolling solution aims to integrate the collection of toll digitally so that seamless services can be provided to consumers all over India. Recently, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Haryana signed MoUs with the Indian Highways Management Company Limited, an arm of NHAI, to accept FASTags on their state highway tolls.