Union Minister Nitin Gadkari announced on Thursday that the FAST day will be mandatory for all vehicles in the country from the new year.
The EU Minister for Road Traffic, Motorways and MSMEs addressed a virtual function and said that FASTag will be enforced from January 1, 2021.
He said it’s useful for the commuters as they don’t have to stop at toll booths for cash payments, and it also saves time and fuel.
The FASTags were introduced in 2016, and four banks together have spent almost a lakh of them. By 2017, their number rose to seven lakh. According to a press release, over 34 lakh FASTags were issued in 2018.
The Union Ministry of Roads and Highways had published a notice in November of this year, in which FASTag was required by January 1, 2021 for old vehicles that were also sold before December 1, 2017, through changes in CMVR, 1989.
According to the Central Motor Vehicles Rules of 1989, the FASTag has been mandatory for all registrations of new four-wheeled vehicles since December 1, 2017 and is supplied by the vehicle manufacturer or its dealers. It was also stipulated that the fitness certificate should only be renewed after FASTag had equipped the transport vehicles. FASTag has been mandatory for vehicles with national approval since October 1, 2019.
It has also been mandated that a valid FASTag be mandatory when taking out new liability insurance through a change in FORM 51 (Insurance Certificate) which records the details of the FASTag ID. This applies from April 1, 2021.
“This would be an important step to ensure that tolls are only paid 100 percent electronically at toll stations and that the vehicles drive seamlessly through the toll slots. There would be no waiting time at the toll stations and save fuel.” “said the ministry.
The steps to ensure the availability of FASTag on multiple channels will be taken through physical locations and also through online mechanisms so that citizens can attach them to their vehicles at will within the next two months.
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