The government has extended the deadline of making FASTag mandatory for toll payments on national highways to December 15. Earlier, it was supposed to be implemented on December 1st. “To facilitate sufficient lead time to citizens to obtain FASTag, it has now been decided that all the lanes in the Fee plazas shall be declared as ‘FASTag lane of Fee Plaza’ by December 15, 2019,” a Ministry of Road Transport and Highways communication said.
The move is meant to curb the fuel wastage amounting Rs 12,000 crore incurred due to prolonged waiting at toll plazas across the country’s highway. According to a data released by the Ministry on 27th November, over 70 Lakh FASTags have been issued till date, with highest per day issuance of 1,35,583 Tags on 26th November 2019, whereas 1.03 lakh Tags were issued on the day before. The average daily issuance has grown by 330 per cent from eight thousand in July to thirty five thousand Tags sold in November 2019. After announcement of waiver of Tag cost from 21st November, there has been a growth in FASTag issuance of over 130 per cent. FASTag is accepted on 560+ Toll Plazas and more number of plaza are getting added on daily basis.