Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari on Thursday informed Lok Sabha that the government is planning to get rid of toll plaza booths across the country within a year. He said that a complete GPS-based toll collection will be implemented to replace toll plazas. Nitin Gadkari was making a statement in Lok Sabha on â€œVehicles Scrapping Policyâ€.
I want to assure the House that within one year all physical toll booths in the country will be removed. It means that toll collection will happen via GPS. The money will be collected based on GPS imaging (on vehicles),â€ Gadkari said in the Lok Sabha during Question Hour.
Gadkari further said that 93 per cent of the vehicles pay toll using FASTag, while the remaining 7 per cent have still not taken it despite paying a double toll. The minister said he has instructed police inquiry for those vehicles which do not pay toll using FASTags. There are cases of toll theft and GST evasion cases if FASTags are not fitted in vehicles.
FASTags, which facilitate electronic payment of fee at toll plazas, was introduced in 2016.
From February 16, vehicles without FASTag are required to pay double toll free at electronic toll plazas across the country.
Making the tags compulsory would also help in ensuring that vehicles pass seamlessly through the toll plazas, as the fee payment would be done electronically. Gadkari said new vehicles have FasTags fitted in them, while the government has said it will give free FASTags for old vehicles.