JNS: The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has extended the deadline for FASTags for all vehicles in India till February 15, 2021. Earlier, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) had announced to completely do away with cash transactions for paying toll charges from 1 January 2021.
At present, FASTag’s share of transactions is between 75 and 80%. In a statement to NHAI, the Ministry said that the highway authority can obtain the required regulatory requirement to ensure that 100% cashless collections are paid from February 15. Both lanes on either side, with the exception of one on either side, are “FASTag lanes” and any vehicle entering the lanes without a FASTag is subject to double the daily toll charge, to avoid cash transactions in the machinery.