Deadline for mandatory FASTag extended; here’s how to buy it online

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  • The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) had made it mandatory for all vehicles to use FASTag from 1 January, 2021. However, considering that many motorists are yet to buy a FASTag and are making cash payments at toll plazas, the ministry has now decided to extend the deadline till 15 February, 2021.

Deadline for mandatory FASTag extended; here's how to buy FASTag online

  • This means that all vehicle owners will now have time till 15 February to get a FASTag affixed. In case you didn’t know, FASTag is an electronic toll collection mechanism which includes an RFID tag affixed to the windscreen of a vehicle. The rechargeable tag is linked to a prepaid account/e-wallet from which the charges are automatically deducted at toll booths. This negates the need to stop at toll plazas to make the payment, thereby resulting in swifter movement of traffic.
  • Currently, all but one lane at all toll plazas on national highways have been made FASTag lanes to ensure a swift movement of traffic. Any vehicle without a FASTag entering this lane is bound to pay double the toll amount as penalty.
  • However, there is one lane that is dedicated for cash payments. But the government wants to do away with this and from 15 February, all lanes will be converted into FASTag lanes. If you are yet to purchase a FASTag, then here’s how you can do it online.

    How to buy FASTag online?

  • For buying FASTag via your registered bank, you can check the registered website of the banks like ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, SBI, etc. as they are authorised FASTag partners. There are around 22 banks that have been authorized to issue FASTag.
  • You can then look for FASTag option on the website and click on the ‘Apply for FASTag’ option. Then simply enter your vehicle number and registered mobile number to receive an OTP.
  • After this, enter the prompted details like name, address, etc. and upload necessary documents. After this, you will have to make an online payment for the FASTag; it has a one-time fee of ₹200, reissuance fee of ₹100, and refundable security deposit of ₹200.

     

  • Users can also purchase FASTag using Amazon.in, PayTM, Airtel Payment App, and Google Pay.
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