In A First, Highway Toll Collection Through FASTag Crosses Rs 80 Crore Per Day With Record 50 Lakh Transactions

In A First, Highway Toll Collection Through FASTag Crosses Rs 80 Crore Per Day With Record 50 Lakh TransactionsRepresentative image. (Website/IHMCL)

The toll collection per day via 'FASTag' crossed Rs 80 crore on Thursday (24 December) as 50 lakh transactions took place via the electronic highway user fee collection system.

According to state-run National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), Rs 80 crore per day toll collection mark was crossed on 24 December.

"With more than 2.20 crore 'FASTag' issued till date, adoption of 'FASTag' by the highway users has seen unprecedented growth. With FASTag being mandatory for vehicles from 1st January 2021, the NHAI has made all necessary arrangements to provide seamless movement of vehicles at fee plazas," the statement said.

"Adoption of 'FASTag' has helped highway users to save time and fuel at the toll plazas. The digital transaction has got necessary push through the recent amendment in 'Central Motor Vehicle Rules'."

FASTag is easily available at over 30,000 points of sale (PoS) across the country and mandatorily available at NHAI toll plazas. It is also available online through Amazon, Flip Kart and Snapdeal, it said.

The user fee collection system uses 'Radio-Frequency Identification' (RFID) technology.

"The payment is made digitally through the FASTag linked to the bank wallet," the statement said.

"As social distancing has become the new norm, commuters are increasingly looking at FASTag as a toll payment option as it nullifies the chances of any human contact between the drivers and the toll operators."

(With inputs from IANS)