NHAI apps to aid in FASTags for e-tolling
New Delhi: The National Highways Authority of India on Thursday came out with two mobile apps – MyFASTag and FASTag Partner – as part of its efforts to facilitate availability of the tag towards electronic toll payment.
The government is working on making lanes of all 371 NHAI toll plazas FASTag enabled from October 1 this year.
FASTag is a reloadable tag affixed on a vehicle's windscreen having radio frequency identification (RFID) technology that is linked to a prepaid account for automatic deduction of toll charges and the vehicle is not required to stop at the toll booths for cash transaction.
"The NHAI launched two mobile Apps - MyFASTag and FASTag Partner... to facilitate the availability of FASTags for electronic toll collection (ETC)," the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said in a statement.
NHAI Chairman Deepak Kumar said the cumbersome method of purchase and recharge of FASTags has been one of the major challenges.
MyFASTag is a consumer app that can be downloaded from both Android and iOS app stores. A consumer can purchase or recharge FASTags on this app, which also helps keep track of transactions and provides for online grievance redressal. FASTag Partner is a merchant app, the statement said. One lane in every toll plaza will be a dedicated FASTag lane where no other form of payment will be accepted.
More than 6 lakh FASTags, which can now be purchased online from issuer banks' websites, NHAI website, have been sold so far.