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Indian Highways To Soon Be Free From Toll Booths. Here’s The Plan

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FASTags may soon be a thing of the past as an even newer mode of toll collection is being tested.

The mandatory implementation of FASTags has aided motorists in a variety of ways, including seamless movement across the country’s toll plazas and automatic toll fee deduction. Much shorter lines and digital transactions have saved both time and money. However, the government has even bigger plans for the future, with Union Minister Nitin Gadkari recently stating that toll plazas would be removed from national highways in the country and replaced with cameras that read licence plates for automatic toll deduction.

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Vehicles must have company-fitted number plates for this plan to work, and Gadkari admits that violators will be penalised. “There is no provision in the law to penalise the vehicle owner who fails to pay the toll.” We need to make that provision legal. We may include a provision requiring cars that do not have these number plates to get them installed within a certain time frame. “We’ll need to introduce a Bill for this,” he explained.

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The process of toll deduction through number plate-detecting cameras could further quicken passage for motorists, something that has already improved courtesy FASTags. FASTags are mandatory for all vehicle categories and any vehicle without it needs to pay double the toll amount in cash at toll plazas on national highways. But while the idea was to have an absolutely congestion free movement of traffic, there still are congestions on several toll plazas owing to factors such as damaged RFID stickers or low balance.

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