Central government extends deadline for FASTag until February 15
The central government has decided to extend the date of making FASTags mandatory until February 15. Earlier, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways had stated that FASTags would be made mandatory from January 1, 2021 for all vehicles with four or more wheels. The Centre has now granted more time in this regard.
As per National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), 70 to 80 percent of all four wheelers have been given FASTags. NHAI informed that the date has been extended until February 15 to ensure 100 percent cashless toll collection.
FASTag was mandatory for four wheelers that hit the roads after 2017. As per the new instruction, FASTags have been issued to old vehicles and it is required for transport vehicles in order to renew its fitness certificates. For National Permit vehicles, FASTags were made mandatory from 2019.
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways also informed that from April 2021, FASTags are necessary for granting third party insurance to vehicles. Changes will be made in the insurance forms to include FASTag details.
FASTag will function like a prepaid sim card. The money will be withdrawn from FASTag wallets when the vehicle crosses the toll plaza. It is implemented by the National Payment Corporation of India in association with National Highway Authority of India.