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- Union Minister Nitin Gadkari called FASTags (a device to make automatic payments at toll booths), the equivalent of Aadhaar for vehicles, which will allow the government to track their movement across the country.
- Tracking of the vehicle will be useful for the Ministry of Home Affairs as there will be a record of a vehicle’s movement.
- Union Minister appealed to all States to adopt the technology so that the entire system can come under the National Toll Collection Programme of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
- The government has already announced that FASTags will be mandatory for all vehicles at all National Highways from December 1, 2019.
What is FASTag?
- A FASTag uses Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to make cashless payments through a prepaid account linked to it.
- The tag is fixed to the windscreen of a vehicle and an RFID antenna in the canopy of the toll gate scans the QR code and the tag identification number, following which the boom barrier lifts to allow a vehicle to pass through it without the need for a vehicle to stop.
- A FASTag is linked to a bank account.
- When a vehicle passes through a toll, an SMS with date, time and place of transaction will be sent to the owner of the vehicle.
- The master data of all transactions will be with the concessionaire of the toll booth concerned, along with the bank with which the owner has registered the FASTag and the National Payments Corporation of India.
- FASTags are likely to reduce the nation’s GDP loss by bringing down loss of fuel while waiting at toll plazas.
- FASTags are acceptable across 490 National Highways out of the total 527.
- These can also be used at nearly 39 State Highways.