What We Need To Know About Using FASTags?

Last year we heard a lot about FASTags. National Highway Authority of India prompted FASTags on a big scale! What is FASTags? What does it do? What is the purpose? Is it mandatory or not? Answers to these questions will be explored in this blog. So, without further ado let us begin! 

What is FASTag? 

FASTag works on the basis of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. It is operated by National Highway Authority of India (NHAI). In India, FASTag is connected to the electronic toll collection system. The purpose of FASTag is to make direct payment of the toll from the linked bank account of the customer to the toll owner. FASTags can be rechargeable prepaid tags also! FASTags are the stickers adhered to the windscreen of the car and other vehicles! 

It can be recharged labels for toll assortment. FASTags don’t have any expiry date, thus, they can be utilized as long as they are not altered and are readable by toll plaza machines.  

The main reason behind implementing FASTag is to avoid fuel wastage and the long queue of toll. Vehicles stand there in running mode & release pollution continuously; it is also considered as one of the main reasons behind air pollution in Delhi. FASTag increases productivity as it allows toll workers to entertain more travellers in less time. 

How FASTag works? 

It works with radio-frequency technology! At the toll, there is a scanner which scans the FASTag label and scanner retrieves all the information of the vehicle. With the help application customer will pay directly to the toll owner and the amount will deducted from the bank account or wallet. This whole procedure & transaction will be done online. It saves time and avoids cash problems.  

When FASTag was used the first time? 

The first time it was used in Ahmedabad to Mumbai national highway in 2014, it was a pilot project. After that, it was used in Delhi to Mumbai in the same year.  

Is FASTag mandatory? 

Last year, in December FASTag, became mandatory. If FASTag is not there on a vehicle, the driver will have to pay twofold of the toll tax original amount. 

From where you can get FASTag? 

You can purchase it online. it is also available from several banks that are authorized by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI). There are NHAI plaza, selected petrol pumps which are selling FASTags. Overall, there are around 30,000 selling centres across India which are selling FASTag. 

How FASTag is activated? 

After purchasing FASTag you need to activate it otherwise it will not function. For activation there are two processes:  

First is self-activating and second is with the help of the bank branch. For self-activating, you need to download “My FastTag” application from google play store then put all the required details along with bank details then link your FASTag with a bank account and that’s it. This the process of FASTag self-activation! 

For activating with bank branch assistance, you need vehicle registration of certificate (RC) along with KYC document & bank will link your FASTag to a bank account. 

What are the charges of FASTag? 

Initially, FASTags were available for free! But later on, FASTag were available at fixed of Rs. 100 by National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI).  

Although actual charges may vary from one bank to another for example ABC bank is selling FASTag at Rs. 400 it includes 

  • Rs. 100 for Tag expenses  
  • Rs. 200 charged for Refundable Security  
  • Rs. 100 for the first recharge in the wallet 

Another bank XYZ is selling at Rs. 500 it includes 

  • Rs. 100 for Tag expenses  
  • Rs. 200 charged for Refundable Security  
  • Rs. 200 for the first recharge in the wallet  

What are the benefits of FASTag? 

The benefits of FASTag are as follow: 

  1. 2.5 Percent cashback – One of the straight benefits of FASTag implementation is cashback. The highway authority and government are providing 2.5 percent cash back benefit on making payments at toll plazas on utilizing FASTag. 
  2. Saving precious time – Lot of time was wasted just waiting for the turn in the long queues doing nothing. Now they do not have to wait, not anymore! 
  3. Saving fuel – Since travellers now do not have to wait as they move and automatically transaction takes places. Otherwise, fuel was burning unnecessary. 

Conclusion – FASTags are very important in today’s life. We are in the phase where we are moving towards digitalization and FASTag really an important example where we moved from manual work to automated work. Its results are clearly visible.  

RFID plays a crucial in this whole scenario. RFID is really powerful technology when combined with asset management software. It is helpful in managing asset effectively. RFID is helpful in toll plazas in productive work.

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