NHAI Chairman Shri Deepak Kumar says the inconvenience of purchase and recharge of FASTags has challenged the ETC project. MyFASTag and FASTag Partner mobile apps will let users buy or recharge FASTags at ease. MyFASTag consumer App can be downloaded for Android and iOS systems. The App tracks transactions to make online grievance redressal easy.
FASTag Partner merchant App and is designed for agencies like Common Services Centre, banking partners and vehicle dealers to sell and enroll FASTag through this App. The App is useful to activate RFID tags that came built in with around 74 lakh cars in India following the 2013 Gazette Notification in this regard. With RFID tags are already fixed on cars but dormant, the app will convert already attached RFID tags into ETC Tag (FASTag).
Deepak Kumar mentioned that from 1st October, 2017, all lanes at 371 NHAI toll plazas in India will be FASTag enabled. One lane at every toll plaza will be a dedicated FASTag lane wherein no other payment method will be accepted. In other FASTag enabled lanes, other forms of payment will be accepted. Dedicated FASTag lanes will be operational on all 371 NHAI toll plazas from 1st October 2017.
NHAI is now selling FASTags online, and offline through Common Services Centre (CSC) near toll plazas. Online purchase can be made at Issuer Banks websites / NHAI website / IHMCL website and will be delivered home. From today (18th August, 2017), FASTags can be bought at Common Services Centre (CSC) points near toll plazas.
Over 6 lakh FASTags have been sold to date, and through the new apps, NHAI looks to increase that number manifold. Conveniences attached to it now will boost sales through easy access and availability, and provides a much needed boost for the Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) project, which aims to make travel easier by reducing wait time at tolls.