In order to further increase the penetration and widespread use of FASTag for toll payments across India, it has been decided by NHAI that all concessions/discounts applicable on toll plaza like shall be limited to toll payments paid via FASTags only.
“Exemption and concessions will only be applicable through FASTag at NHAI toll plazas. Commercial vehicle registered within the district is given a discount of 50% in the toll rates but now this concession will be available for payment made through FASTag only.”
According to a statement, there is discount of 50% on return trip for the return journey performed within 24 hours on paying toll for return journey.
“This discount will not be available on cash payment. No return journey slips will be provided. Only the commuters transacting through FASTag will automatically get the 50% discount on return trip in return journey within 24 hours i.e pay only 1.5 times the rate of single trip.”
Moreover the monthly passes which are issued to people residing within 20 km from the Toll Plaza at Rs 265 per month will also be provided only through FASTags.
“Any exemption to VIPs/dignitaries will also be through FASTag only.”
Since Jan 14, 2020, FASTag has been made mandatory to pay the toll charges at the NH Toll Plazas across the country including those in J&K.
Project Director, NHAI, PIU – Jammu Ajay Kumar Rajak informed that sufficient stock of FASTag is available in the State and large number of FASTags are being sold at toll plazas on daily basis.
“Number of vehicles fitted with FASTags has increased in the last two months in J&K and the transaction through FASTag has become more than 30% in Jammu Region.
This mode of payment is being launched by the Centre to reduce congestion and delays at the toll plazas.
Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Govt. of India has decided 100% electronic collection at toll plazas through FASTag w.e.f. December 15, 2019 which was extended upto Jan 14, 2020.
The implementation of 100% electronic toll collection is being done all over the Country and Thandikhui Toll Plaza in Samba, Ban Toll Plaza in Jammu District and Mada Nashri Toll Plaza.
Increase in use of FASTag will lead to non-stop movement across the toll plazas in near future. NHAI is making every possible effort for hassle-free movement of VVIP, Defence Personnel, Ambulance and other exempted vehicles and avoiding the traffic Jams.
FASTag have been made available at the toll plazas, branches of banks e.g. PNB, HDFC, ICICI, Kotak Mahindra, Paytm etc. NHAI FASTag is available at the toll plazas which can be recharged/linked with bank account by using ‘My FASTag App’. Only, one document i.e. RC (Registration Certificate of the Vehicle). These FASTag can also be bought from online shopping sites e.g. Amazon, Paytm, etc.