25% of four-wheelers in Karnataka yet to get FASTag | Bengaluru News – Times of India


The Jan 1 deadline may be extended by a month

BENGALURU: While the Centre is yet to decide whether to extend the deadline for mandatory FASTags for all four-wheelers from January 1, around 25% of the toll payments in the state are still happening through cash.
The Centre had planned to collect 100% toll on national highways via FASTag from January 1 to eliminate cash transactions. However, it is likely to extend the deadline by a month. No final decision has been taken till the time of filing this report.
Meanwhile, there are several queues near toll plazas to purchase FASTtags. Ananth Kumar, a motorist, tweeted: “Huge traffic near toll booths which made motorists wait for hours at each booth despite having FASTtag due to holiday weekend (sic)”.
Some motorists pointed out that FASTag is still not mandatory on NICE toll since it does not come under NHAI. Shamanth N wrote: “FASTag sensors were implemented in NICE road one year back but FASTag not implemented (sic)”.
A spokesperson from Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises (NICE) said: “The rule does not apply to us but we are trying to get the same facility to our toll road users. The state government is in the final stages of issuing NOC for the integration of FASTag into our toll system. We would provide the facility once it is done.”
FASTags can be used to pay parking fees at some of the shopping malls like Brookfield mall.
NHAI officials said more than 40,000 points of sale at toll plazas have been set up across the country, in partnership with 26 banks. “In Karnataka, 75% of motorists have FASTags. Some toll operators have raised apprehensions on hasty implementation of this rule since they are not ready yet. But we have not received any information on extension of deadline so far,” said an NHAI official in Karnataka.
There were also complaints of overcharging of FASTag, shortage of points of sale and failure of transactions.
Officials said motorists can contact toll free number 1033 for complaints and details related to FASTag.

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