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FASTag mandatory for vehicles from January 1
The FASTags were launched in 2016, and four banks together issued nearly a lakh of them.
FASTag will be made mandatory for all vehicles in the country from January 1, 2021.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said “it’s useful for commuters as they will not need to stop at toll plazas for cash payments, saving time and fuel”. The FASTags were launched in 2016, and four banks together issued nearly a lakh of them. By 2017, their numbers went up to seven lakh. Over 34 lakh FASTags were issued in 2018.
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) earlier issued announced the decision to make FASTags mandatory for all four-wheelers from January 1, 2021, including old vehicles sold before December 1, 2017, through amendments in Central Motor Vehicles Rules, (CMVR) 1989.
As per CMVR, from December 1, 2017, FASTags were made mandatory for all registration of new four-wheeled vehicles and are being supplied by the vehicle manufacturers 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. For National Permit Vehicles, the fitment of FASTag was mandated since October 1, 2019.