Toll plazas to go cashless with pre-paid cards from Jan 1

Even FASTag users can use pre-paid cards for toll payment if they don't have enough balance in their tag.

According to a media report, all cash lanes at toll plazas will be converted to FASTag lanes from January 1, 2021. As an alternative to cash transactions, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will introduce pre-paid touch-and-go cards.

All the lanes at toll plazas will be dedicated FASTag lanes and all hybrid lanes will have the pre-paid card facility from January 1. Those without FASTags will have to pay double the toll amount as a penalty.

The NHAI has clarified that vehicles without FASTags will not be charged a penalty if they use pre-paid cards for toll payment. Even FASTag holders can use the pre-paid cards if they don’t have enough balance in their tag or if their tag has been blacklisted.

The pre-paid cards will be available at all national highway toll plazas. The cards can be recharged using net banking or at the point-of sales (POS) location.

From January 1, 2021, FASTags will be compulsory for all 4-wheelers irrespective of their year of manufacturing.


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