Automobiles that enter the devoted FASTag lanes on the nationwide highways with non-activated FASTags or with out sufficient cash within the FASTag pockets must pay double the toll quantity.
That is in accordance with a call of the Street Transport and Highways Ministry and can encourage folks to prime up their FASTags and stop userswithout cash of their FASTag pockets from driving into the devoted lanes and demand on utilizing the lanes meant for hassle-free passage.
The Ministry notified an modification within the Nationwide Highways Price (Willpower of Charges and Assortment) Guidelines, 2008 on Friday. Earlier than this modification, the consumer of a car was required to pay twice the payable payment on the toll plaza if the car did not have the FASTag and entered the devoted lane, mentioned an official supply.
Customers with out sufficient cash within the pockets clog the highways and refuse to pay penalty since they have already got FASTags, defined an official. The Ministry’s transfer will deliver additional readability within the guidelines on who can use the devoted lanes, the official added.
“We still see vehicles crossing toll plazas with non-functional FASTag, or with not enough money in the wallet. This leads to human to human interaction and exchange of currency. This decision will encourage more people to use functional FASTags with enough money topped up in the account so that toll amount can be paid,” Ravi Chandra Palekar, first CEO of Indian Highways Administration Firm Ltd (IHMCL) and who’s now with Paytm Funds Bank, instructed BusinessLine.
Alternatively, the consumer shouldn’t be at all times accountable for use of foreign money or human-to-human contact or clogging of highways. “At times, if the toll plaza equipment and systems are not functioning properly, use of handheld devices are required,” mentioned Palekar, who initiated rollout of the digital toll assortment program on the Nationwide Highways Authority of India (NHAI).
Earlier than the Covid-19 triggered lockdown, roughly 70 per cent income in toll plazas accrued from industrial autos, and 30 per cent from non-public autos, in accordance with business sources.
Now, roughly 60 per cent of economic autos are again on highways transferring important items, whereas non-public autos are avoiding use of toll plazas, say the sources including that the numbers fluctuate throughout toll plazas.
“Stoppage of inter-State movement, apart from the fear of Covid-19, is discouraging people (from using currency and national highways),” mentioned Palekar.
Now non-public customers are additionally making the trouble to be part of the cashless, contactless, digital fee system for toll and parking funds.
“We are seeing instances of private vehicle users, who don’t need FASTags, also activating FASTags,” Palekar mentioned.
The highest banks by way of transaction of FASTags are ICICI Bank, IDFC First, PayTM, say business sources.