- FASTag has been made mandatory for all 4-wheeled vehicles, coming into effect from Jan 1, 2021
- FASTag has been made essential for new third party insurance with effect from April 2021
- Renewal of fitness certificate will be done only after the fitment of FASTag for the transport vehicles
Government on Saturday said FASTag will be mandatory for all four-wheelers or M&N category of vehicles that were sold before 1 December, 2017. Through amendments in Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, FASTag has now been made mandatory to be available by 1 January, 2021 in vehicles sold before 1 December, 2017.
M&N vehicles refers to vehicles having at least four wheels and used for the carriage of passengers (e.g., standard car with two, three, four doors) and power-driven vehicles having at least four wheels and used for the carriage of goods, respectively.
FASTag is a prepaid tag that enables automatic deduction of toll charges and lets the vehicle pass through the toll plaza without stopping for the cash transaction.
Valid FASTag has been made mandatory for new third party insurance with effect from April 2021. Fitness certificate will be renewed only if the vehicle has FASTag.
“As per Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, since 1st December 2017, the FASTag had been made mandatory for all registration of new four wheeled Vehicles and is being supplied by the Vehicle Manuracturer or their dealers. It had further been mandated that the renewal of fitness certificate will be done only after the fitment of FASTag for the Transport Vehicles. Further that for National Permit Vehicles the fitment of FASTag has been mandated since 1st October, 2019.
“It has been further mandated that a valid FASTag is mandatory while getting a new 3rd Party Insurance through an amendment in FORM 51 (certificate of Insurance), wherein the details of FASTag ID shall be captured. This shall be applicable w.e.f. 1 April 2021,” said Ministry of Road Transport & Highways in an official release.
The ministry said that this notification would be a major step for ensuring that the payment of fees be 100% at toll plazas through the electronic means only and that the vehicles pass seamlessly through the fee plazas. There would be no waiting time at the plazas and would save fuel, said the ministry.
The National Electronic Toll Collection (NETC) programme, the flagship initiative of the MoRTH, has been implemented on a pan-India basis in order to remove bottlenecks and ensure seamless movement of traffic and collection of user fee as per the notified rates, using passive radio frequency identification (RFID) technology.
Visit the official website of the banks like SBI, ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, HDFC Bank who are authorisied to sell FASTags and apply to get your FASTag.
Source : TOI