You are already late and on your way to some urgent work or place and imagine waiting in a long queue in a toll on the national highway; right you are literally fuming. We all did have one such day in our life when the hell just bestowed upon us, but not anymore. There is a new system named FASTag in India operated by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) wherein you can prepay the toll and travel without a huddle. It works through Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology for making toll payments directly from the prepaid or savings account linked to it or directly to the toll owner.
A tag is attached on the windscreen of the vehicle allowing drive through toll plazas without stopping for transactions. This tag can be purchased from official Tag issuers or associating Banks; if it is linked to a prepaid account, you can recharge, or top-up as per your requirement.
Where can you get it?
As said earlier, you can purchase it from Tag issuers or associating Banks, some of the banks have an online form which can be filled by interested customers. Once enquiry forms are filled, and a query is generated, then the customer can visit the bank to fill up a required form and submit necessary documents to create a FASTag account.
Documents required for FASTag:
- Registration certificate (RC) of the vehicle.
- A passport size photo of the vehicle owner.
- KYC documents of the vehicle owner. (Identity proof, address proof)
How to recharge FASTag
It can be operated through the issuer agency’s web portal, and the account can be recharged through online using debit/credit card/ RTGS/NEFT or through Netbanking. For online recharge, service fees are levied upon transaction processing fees.
What are the charges?
The issuer agency levies a one-time tag joining fee of about Rs 200. Depending upon the type of vehicle, a refundable deposit is to be paid to the issuer agency at the time of issue of FASTag. At the time of FASTag account closure, this deposit amount will be refunded.