FASTag Electronic toll collection across 45 toll plazas started

On 31st October 2014, Central government started FASTag Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) across 45 toll plazas on the Mumbai-Delhi corridor on the Golden Quadrilateral.

Government is aiming to install this system on 300 more toll plazas on national highways across the country by December 31 this year.

FASTag ETC is an advanced programme for making the payment electronically on highway tolls without stopping the vehicle at the toll plazas.

This system will remove logistic inefficiencies at toll plazas and has the potential of saving Rs 60,000 crore in terms of time and fuel bills.

Centre has asked state governments to come forward and adopt this system and use it free of charge.

How FASTag Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) system works?

  • Under ETC system, vehicles will be affixed with a prepaid ‘Radio Frequency Identification Device’ tag known as FASTag. It will be fixed on the wind shield of the vehicle.
  • The RFID Tag on windshield will be read by the readers fitted in the dedicated ETC lanes of toll plazas after vehicles passes through toll plazas.
  • After the entry of vehicle passing through toll plaza is done, ETC will deduct an appropriate amount depending upon the class of vehicle from the account of the user. Thus, complete process of payment will be automated.
  • The prepaid accounts will be created at the Central Clearing House set up by banks and their franchises or agents and at point of sales near the toll plazas.

Similar highway tag brands are available in developed countries with different names like

  • Eazee Pass, SunPass in the US.
  • e-Passin Australia.
  • Salik in Dubai.

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