The Modi government has made FASTag mandatory for all four wheelers from 1 January 2021. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India has issued a notification in which Fastag has been made mandatory for all four wheeled vehicles from 1 January. This will also be applicable to M and N category motor vehicles with older vehicles, which have been sold before December 1, 2017.
Fitness certificate is also necessary for renewal
According to the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989, Fastag was made mandatory for all new registrations of new four wheelers purchased after 1 December 2017. And Fastag is being supplied by the vehicle manufacturer or dealer. Along with this, it has also been made mandatory that the renewal of fitness certificate will be done only after fastening of transport vehicles. The imposition of Fastag for national permit vehicles was made mandatory from 1 October 2019.
The ministry said that even taking the new third party insurance, valid fast tag will be mandatory. This will be done through amendment in the certificate of insurance where details of Fastag ID will be seen. This decision will be effective from 1 April 2021.
The ministry said that the notification will be a big step towards ensuring that 100% of the fees paid on toll plazas will be through electronic means only. And the vehicle will pass through Fei Plaza without any interruption. Steps are being taken through physical location and online system to ensure availability of Fastag on multiple channels. With this, citizens will be able to install Fastag on their vehicles in the next two months at their convenience.
How does Fastag work?
Let me tell you that Fastag is an initiative of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and NHAI. It is an electronic toll collection technique. One is a radio frequency identification tag, which is mounted on the front glass of the vehicles. So that on passing through the toll plaza, the sensor installed there can read it. When the vehicle with the presence of Fastag passes through the toll plaza, the toll tax is automatically deducted from the prepaid or savings account associated with Fastag.