FASTags usage in the country may have taken off, but the Centre should not rush to make it the only mode of toll payments, say experts. This is significant as, from January 15, the Centre plans to strictly implement the rule of allotting just one lane at toll plazas for accepting cash. Mandating FASTags as the only mode of toll payment should happen in a phased manner to ease the process for highway users, say experts.
“In the first phase, mandate the use of FASTags for bigger commercial vehicles (CVs) such as trucks, buses and multi-axle vehicles, and, in the second phase, personal vehicles and cars. This will enable the authorities to plan and manage FASTag supply, registration, rollout and enforcement effectively,” Ravi Chandra Palekar, the first CEO of IHMCL, and one of the first to have worked on this RFID-based National Electronic Toll Collection programme, told BusinessLine.