What are FASTags?
FASTags as the name suggests a faster method of the toll collection system in India that’s electronic-based. National Highway Authority of India (N.H.A.I.) operates it. It uses Radio Frequency signals ( R.F.I.D.) for making toll payments directly from the prepaid account. The government has issued 7 colours. A violet colour one for light commercial vehicles. An orange colour one for minibus and two-axle vehicles. A yellow colour one issued for three-axle vehicles. A green colour one for two-axle vehicles (bus/truck). A pink colour one for four-axle five-axle and size axle vehicles. A blue colour one for seven or more axle vehicles. A black colour one for heavy construction machinery or earth moving equipment. It looks like a tag that will stick to the glass of your Windscreen.
Online Registration for R.H.I.D. tags
It is very easy to register online. For this, one needs to provide his K.Y.C. document, registration certificate of the vehicle, passport size photo, pan card, address, and ID proof.
- First, a user needs to make an account.
- Second, after an account is ready, the user may register with FASTags by entering into the customer portal by creating a user ID and password.
- Third, the user has to enter his/her customer ID in the user ID field will get a welcome message after mentioning the ID. And the user will receive a welcome kit from the bank.
- Now, the user needs to enter the registered mobile number to generate an OTP. The user will have to set a password after the OTP generation.
How to recharge Your Fastags related account?
To recharge a user’s account, they must first refresh their wallet ID and simultaneously enter the desired amount. For a MIN K.Y.C, the recharge limit being Rs.10000/- per month. For a full KYC, the limit being Rs.1,00,000 at any point. The users can recharge using his/her credit/debit card, H.D.F.C. bank net banking, other bank credit/ debit card, or additionally use any other online banking at any place or any point in time.
Where can you Use FASTags?
Right now these are available to use at 525 toll plaza at the national highway. There is a constant addition to the list of toll plazas where you can use it. Now we have specific lanes to facilitate the use of FASTags to zip through and without stopping. This will help the Fastag users to save their time at the long lines in the toll plaza. It’s a quick and efficient way and it won’t take much time for you to get past a toll plaza. As well as the deduction of the amount takes place while the vehicle is moving so one doesn’t need to stop. This means that drivers don’t need to stop at the toll collection.
Fraud related to the Fastags
There have been cases of fraud as the National Highway, the Authority of India has warned people about fake FASTag. The N.H.A.I. informed about people selling fake tags online. They are very similar looking and most people wouldn’t even be able to tell the difference. NHAI has made it clear that to buy original tags you should visit https://ihmcl.co.in/ or use the MyFASTtag app itself. Any vehicle which turns out to be not fit for tag payment has to pay twice the amount at the toll plaza. Another issue is that the transaction’s message may take 10 minutes to an hour to reach the user’s mobile device. This loophole may cause problems and fraud has been conducted based on the same.
What are the benefits of using these R.H.I.D. tags?
The government offers a cashback of 2.5 per cent at the toll plaza for using these tags. The tags facilitates the most effective in no time way of getting through the national highway toll plaza to save from the long traffic jam. It will prevent congestion at the toll plaza.
Are these R.H.I.D. tags mandatory?
Yes, these are mandatory for all vehicles. The government is very keen on moving the toll collection system from manual to automatic wherein 100 per cent of the toll collection is online and no cash handling at the toll plaza. Currently, 80% of toll plazas on national roads use FASTags; driving through a national highway toll plaza without a tag connected to our cars may be quite inconvenient.
What will happen if you enter a Fastag lane without having one?
Ideally, the highway marshal shall not allow one to get into that lane and if such a case arises. The person needs to pay the double amount at the toll in cash. Meanwhile, if the users’ tags are not working due to technical issues. The user needs to pay according to what the authority says. The policymakers have a plan that allows to reopen the system with banks wherein in such cases the user can pay cash and the tag is to recharge through payment gateway on the spot. This idea is currently at the planning stage.
How much does it cost to buy these R.H.I.D. tags?
Banks can charge a person as high as Rs.200 for issuing these tags including all the taxes according to the I.H.M.C.L. The Bank may require an amount of Rs.200 security deposit to maintain an account. Apart from this a minimum deposit of Rs.100 to keep the tag active along with an additional fee for every recharge. It is best to talk with the bank to get the information about how much they are charging. One cannot use the security deposit to pay the toll fee currently. Subsequently, the scanner can read the code included in these tags, they remain valid indefinitely.
The new offer related to R.H.I.D. tags
The N.H.A.I have issued guidelines to ensure that the toll plaza that works on R.H.I.D. tags are fast. If the FASTag service time exceeds more than 10 seconds, the user need not have to pay the tax amount even during peak hours to ensure minimal time wastage at the toll plaza. These new guidelines will ensure seamless flow of traffic and not allowing vehicles to queue up more than 100 meters. A yellow line marked at a distance of 100 meters from the toll lane.
The problems Fastag users are facing
There are several complaints about the wrong deduction of money from the user’s account and these complaints are steadily increasing. And this type of computerized method requires the support of government authorities and the toll plaza authority who are implementing this. In absence of adequate implementation, the users are criticizing the FASTag technology. The number of times the toll wrongly deducts money from the user accounts is increasing rapidly. Currently, there are no hard rules against this issue. The N.H.A.I. authorities have said that the infrastructure will be improved as quickly as feasible. The N.H.A.I suggested launching a live monitoring system to assess the live conditions at the toll plaza.
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