Demand for FASTags spikes, near December 1 deadline

Demand for FASTags spikes, near December 1 deadline


Chennai
The demand for electronic toll collection system FASTag cards has increased in the past month.

As of September, 15,000 applications were received across the country in a single day. It increased to 30,000 in the first week of November. This week, with the December 1 deadline approaching, there have been 50,000 applications per day.

The central government had announced that from December 1, all toll plazas in the country will enable electronic toll collection. Cash payment will only be available on the plaza in the upper left lane.

FASTag cards are radio frequency-enabled ID cards, which contain the details of each vehicle, which are pasted on the respective vehicles. They are either pre-paid or linked to bank accounts / wallets. As vehicles pass through any of the 48 toll plazas under the control of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) in the state, a reader in the plaza will automatically cut charges and lift the boom barrier.

"There will be no manual intervention. This will also reduce the waiting time at the toll plaza and the pollution from the vehicle exit, as there will be no need to wait for the transaction. Pawan Kumar, Chief General Manager (Technical) and Regional Officer, Chennai, NHAI, told that only one lane on either side of the plaza will have cash payment facility.

“We have already completed the installation of electronic scanners and necessary hardware, and have connected it to servers in all 482 lanes of the toll plazas across the state. Exempted from paying tolls for designated vehicles for ambulances, police vehicles, official vehicles, executive magistrates, fire vehicles, funeral vans, NHAI's handicapped and inspection vehicles, other than VIP vehicles designated for the post of Chief Secretary of a state has gone. ," he said.

Local residents who pass will be able to pay the fixed amount and drive for 50 rides or 30 days, whichever is earlier. However, they too, like discounted vehicles, have to get FASTags, as the idea is to drive non-stop.

There are seven different tag classes for different vehicles. The tag has lifetime validity and is vehicle specific. They should be fixed on the front windshield. If the cards are damaged during an accident, a replacement can be obtained. If vehicles are sold, cards can be deactivated.

'Sketch information'
Chennai
The demand for electronic toll collection system FASTag cards has increased in the past month.

As of September, 15,000 applications were received across the country in a single day. It increased to 30,000 in the first week of November. This week, with the December 1 deadline approaching, there have been 50,000 applications per day.

The central government had announced that from December 1, all toll plazas in the country will enable electronic toll collection. Cash payment will only be available on the plaza in the upper left lane.

FASTag cards are radio frequency-enabled ID cards, which contain the details of each vehicle, which are pasted on the respective vehicles. They are either pre-paid or linked to bank accounts / wallets. As vehicles pass through any of the 48 toll plazas under the control of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) in the state, a reader in the plaza will automatically cut charges and lift the boom barrier.

"There will be no manual intervention. This will also reduce the waiting time at the toll plaza and the pollution from the vehicle exit, as there will be no need to wait for the transaction. Pawan Kumar, Chief General Manager (Technical) and Regional Officer, Chennai, NHAI, told that only one lane on either side of the plaza will have cash payment facility.

“We have already completed the installation of electronic scanners and necessary hardware, and have connected it to servers in all 482 lanes of the toll plazas across the state. Exempted from paying tolls for designated vehicles for ambulances, police vehicles, official vehicles, executive magistrates, fire vehicles, funeral vans, NHAI's handicapped and inspection vehicles, other than VIP vehicles designated for the post of Chief Secretary of a state has gone. ," he said.

Local residents who pass will be able to pay the fixed amount and drive for 50 rides or 30 days, whichever is earlier. However, they too, like discounted vehicles, have to get FASTags, as the idea is to drive non-stop.

There are seven different tag classes for different vehicles. The tag has lifetime validity and is vehicle specific. They should be fixed on the front windshield. If the cards are damaged during an accident, a replacement can be obtained. If vehicles are sold, cards can be deactivated.

'Sketch information'

However, there are issues of card availability due to the increase in their demand. A popular shopping app, linked to the FASTag app, shows that the card is not unavailable.

“I have applied for a card with an e-wallet. He has promised to give the card by Friday. I have to see when it comes, and then I have to learn it. M. residing at Mettukuppam. Kumar said that the information available in the media is very much about purchasing cards, pasting them, activating and recharging them. Issues with bank account-linked cards, such as the amount to be deducted and the minimum limit, exist. Recharging is quick when the cards are connected to the e-wallet, but those connected to bank accounts take up to an hour.
“I have applied for a card with an e-wallet. He has promised to give the card by Friday. I have to see when it comes, and then I have to learn it. M. residing at Mettukuppam. Kumar said that the information available in the media is very much about purchasing cards, pasting them, activating and recharging them. Issues with bank account-linked cards, such as the amount to be deducted and the minimum limit, exist. Recharging is quick when the cards are connected to the e-wallet, but those connected to bank accounts take up to an hour.

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