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Editorial: Will FASTag Serve the Intended Result?

Port Wings, 25 Dec 2019:

To give a fillip to digital payments and bring in enhanced transparency, the Transport Ministry had directed to declare all lanes of fee plazas on National Highways as ‘FASTag lanes’ by December 1. However, one lane in each direction was decided to be kept as ‘hybrid lane’ which will accept FASTag and other modes of payment.

With reports of initial hiccups in implementation pouring in, government had announced to convert up to 25 per cent of FASTag lanes at National Highway toll plazas to hybrid lanes for a month. The move, according to the Transport Ministry, is to prevent inconvenience to road users. The hybrid lane will accept FASTag and other modes of payment.

The government earlier had announced roll-out of mandatory FASTag under electronic toll collection from December 1,