FASTag Toll Collection Process in India
To reduce vehicular traffic at the toll plazas, the Government of India (GOI) has mandated all toll plazas, to make toll payments electronic. With this mandate, all vehicles traveling through toll plazas will have to mandatorily pay toll charges using FASTag.
According to the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, FASTags will become mandatory for all vehicles from December 1, 2019.
FASTag is a simple to use, reloadable tag which enables automatic deduction of toll charges and lets you pass through the toll plaza without stopping for the cash transaction. FASTag is linked to a prepaid account from which the applicable toll amount is deducted. The tag employs Radio-frequency Identification (RFID) technology and is affixed on the vehicle's windscreen after the tag account is active.
Hassle free Trip:
FASTag is a perfect solution for a hassle-free trip on national highways. FASTag is presently operational at 407 toll plazas across national and state highways. More toll plazas will be brought under the FASTag program in the future.
After National highway Tolls ECR & OMR in Chennai to go FASTag way. In Tamil nadu having ICICI Bank access 27 Toll plaza & other bank access by 11 Toll Plaza.
It is very useful to the travelers, its reduce peoples waiting time in the toll gate. And also it having automated cash transferring system, you cross through the toll plaza it’s automatically deduct the cash from your account. So there is no need to wait for cash transferring.
It aim is to make smooth functioning of vehicles, encourage cashless payments, and also avoid traffic congestion.
Recharge FASTag accounts:
Once the FASTag is actively affixed on your windscreen, the information provided on it will be decoded by the antennae at the toll plaza, debiting the toll amount from the FASTag account. Users will have to recharge FASTag accounts. If FASTag became unusable or Broken, You need to apply for New FASTag and pay Issuance fees only. The Old Balance can be transferred to new FASTag
Paying from any other mode will cost you double the toll amount.
Return Journey Cost:
The first time you cross Toll will debit you the one way Toll Charges. But if you return within 24 Hours then system will automatically calculate in Return journey charges. Even if you crossing within 24 hours then total toll charges will be same as Return Journey charges within 24 hour
How FASTag Works:
Whenever a vehicle will pass through the Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) lane of the Toll Plaza, the Toll Plaza system will capture the FASTag details like (Tag ID, Vehicle class, TID, etc.) and send it for processing to the acquiring bank.
The acquiring bank will send a request to the National Electronic Toll Collection (NETC) Mapper to validate the tag details.
Once the Tag ID will get validated, NETC Mapper will respond with details like Tag Status, Vehicle class, VRN etc. If the Tag ID is not present in NETC Mapper, it will respond as the Tag ID is not registered.
The acquirer host will calculate the appropriate toll fare and initiate a debit request to NETC system after successful validation of Tag ID from NETC Mapper.
NETC System will switch the debit request to the respective issuer bank for debiting the account of the customer.
Now, Issuer host will debit the linked tag holder account and send an SMS alert to the tag holder. The Issuer host will also send the response message to the NETC system. If the response is not sent within the defined TAT, the transaction will be considered as Deemed Accepted.
Benefits of FASTag:
• No vehicle Queuing at the Toll Booth.
• A Fast way of making payments in toll booth
• No Stopping of Car, No Cash Payments.
• Saves Time, Fuel
• Saves Manpower Cost of Collection of Toll
• Reduce Air pollution around Toll Plaza
You can recharge this Fast Tag easily online any time through Credit Card, Internet Banking First year offer - Digital Payment done through FASTag on all National Highway Toll Payment will give 2.5% Cashback
The Fast Tag is valid for 5 years from the date of purchase, after completed validation period it have to renewal. Whenever the car passes in toll plaza SMS is sent to customer informing debit amount and balance of his FASTag account.
FASTag can be purchased from any of the NETC Member Banks. Please note, if adequate balance is not maintained by the customer, the FASTag will get blacklisted at the toll plaza.