FASTags To Be Mandatory For All Vehicles Starting December 1
GUWAHATI: To track the movement of vehicles across the country, the government’s FASTag device will be made mandatory for all vehicles starting from December 1, 2019 at all national highways in the country.
FASTag is a device that will enable people to make automatic payments at toll booths.
Based on a report by The Hindu, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said that this device will be the equivalent of Aadhaar for vehicles on Monday, October 14 at a conference.
The way a FASTag works is it uses a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to make cashless payments through a prepaid account linked to it. This tag is fixed in the windscreen of a vehicle and an RFID antenna in the canopy of the toll gate scans the QR code and the tag identification number, after which the boom barrier lifts and allows the vehicle to pass through it without the vehicle having to stop.
Currently, FAStags are accepted across 490 National Highways out of the total 527 and at 39 state highways. It is used by six million users in the country.