The IHMCL, an entity under the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), has issued 9,826 free FASTags to exempted category of vehicles and nearly half of these (4,903) are for vehicles transporting paramilitary, police and state and central armed forces.
These tags, technically known as ‘zero transaction’ tags, are issued to the vehicles which fall under the exempted categories. Till Wednesday, 1,126 such tags had been issued to sitting MPs.
As per the law, each MP is entitled to get two such tags – one for the official vehicle in Delhi and another deployed at their constituency – 354 tags have been issued for vehicles that accompany for PM’s security and 1,694 tags have been issued for vehicles specially designed for physically challenged persons or the ones registered under ‘divyangjan’ category.
The list of such categories includes the vehicles transporting dignitaries falling under the exempt categories and government security vehicles accompanying them, vehicles attached to MPs, judges of Supreme Court and high courts, Governors, Speakers, MLAs, defence persons decorated with top awards, magistrates, ambulances and fire brigades.
The government had introduced these tags to end the menace of thousands of commuters who evaded paying toll claiming to be falling under the exempted category.