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Come January 1,2021,all vehicles crossing Toll Plazas on National Highways will face National Highways Authority of India's programme for Electronic Toll collection.

Already the NHAI has rolled out a programme for Electronic Toll collection on Toll Plazas  on National Highways across the country.The programme is called FASTag.

Toward the same end, NHAI has made all necessary arrangements to provide seamless movement of vehicles at toll plazas on National Highways in India.    

Aware of it,the vehicle owners have started collecting FASTag.As per the NHAI, the electronic toll collection through FASTag had crossed Rs 80 crore a day with record 50 lakh transactions per day.

Over 2.20 crore FASTag have been issued so far.

"The toll collection through FASTag first time crossed Rs 80 crore per day on December 24, 2020, with record 50 lakh FASTag transactions per day, a historical landmark," NHAI said in a statement.

Notably,adoption of FASTag is understood to have helped highway users save time and fuel at the toll plazas.

More,the digital transaction has got a push following the recent amendment in the Central Motor Vehicle Rules.

Notably,FASTag is easily available at over 30,000 points of sale (PoS) across the country and mandatorily available at NHAI toll plazas, it said.

It is also available online through Amazon, Flipkart and Snapdeal. The FASTag programme has partnered with 27 issuer banks and has included several options to simplify its recharge facility such as Bharat Bill Payment System, UPI and Paytm, as well as My FASTag mobile app.

In addition, a cash recharge facility is also being provided at PoS at toll plazas for convenience of users.

Technically,FASTag uses Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) technology.It provides users a smooth crossover at toll plazas without halting. The payment is made digitally through the FASTag linked to the bank wallet.

NHAI on Saturday said that as social distancing has become the new norm, commuters are increasingly looking at FASTag as a toll payment option since it is contactless.

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