Centre postpones mandatory implementation of FASTag to Dec 15 Credit: Representational image

New Delhi: The Central government on Friday announced that it has postponed the mandatory implementation of FASTag to December 15.

Although, earlier, the government had scheduled to implement FASTag from December 1, the Union ministry of road transport and highways wanted to ensure a sufficient lead time to the citizens to obtain the device.

The mandatory implementation of FASTag from December will make all private and commercial vehicles equipped with contactless payment system at toll plazas on national highways across India.

FASTag is a device which is affixed on a vehicle’s windscreen and is equipped with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) which is linked with consumer’s saving account.

When one crosses a toll, a tag reader will scan the FASTag (sticker) affixed on a vehicle’s windscreen and automatically deduct the toll charges electronically. The users will then receive a service SMS for the transaction.

One can physically buy the FASTag stickers at certain toll plazas across India by verifying their identification along with vehicle registration at the toll plazas.

In a statement, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) said, “…to provide some more time to citizens to buy and put FASTag on their vehicles, it has now been decided that charging of double user fee from vehicles which enter FASTag lane without FASTag will start from December 15, 2019 instead of December 1, 2019.”

According to reports, more than 70 lakh FASTags had been issued till Wednesday, with the highest daily issuance of 1,35,583 tags on November 26, whereas 1.03 lakh tags were issued on the previous day. The average daily issuance had grown by 330% from 8,000 in July to 35,000 in November this year after the government announced to implement it from December 1.

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