TRANSPORTATION

NHAI to soon launch toll payments on national highways via prepaid cards

To make on-road travelling a quicker and convenient way of journeying, the National Highways Authority of India is planning to launch a touch-and-go type prepaid card at toll plazas to reduce cash payments.

And once this comes into effect, toll plazas will then have only one booth that will accept cash from commuters. The remaining lanes on the toll plazas will be assigned for vehicles with FASTags. But back to the prepaid card lane — in order to get the ball rolling on this, NHAI has now invited bids to execute this system.

The final bidder, according to the tender document, will have to fix at least two dedicated point-of-sales (PoS) manpower in three shifts for card recharge, issuance, top-up facility, and cash management at each national highway (NH) toll plaza for the first three months. For your information, the cost for the prepaid cards would be around ₹50 that’s to be used only at hybrid lanes on NHs.

An NHAI official said, “There is a dire need to reduce the cash transactions, which take more time and cause long queues at the toll plazas. Long queues on “hybrid” lanes often prompt drivers to enter the FASTag lanes even when the vehicles don’t have the smart tag and this causes congestion on these dedicated lanes.”

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