Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has issued a notification making FASTag mandatory to be available by January 1, 2021, in old vehicles also, i.e., ‘M’ and ‘N’ category of motor vehicles or four-wheelers sold before December 1, 2017, through amendments in Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989.
The ministry had notified General Statutory Rule (GSR) 690 (E) on November 6in this regard.
As per Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, since December 1, 2017, the FASTag had been made mandatory for all registration of new four-wheeled vehicles and is 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 transport vehicles. Furthermore, the fitment of FASTag on National Permit Vehicles had been mandatory since October 1, 2019.
It has been further mandated that a valid FASTag is mandatory while getting new third party insurance through an amendment in FORM 51 (certificate of insurance), wherein the details of FASTag ID shall be captured. This shall be applicable from April 1, 2021.
It may be stated that this notification would be a major step for ensuring that the payment of fees is 100 per cent at toll plazas through 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.
The steps for ensuring the availability of FASTag at multiple channels are being made through physical locations and also through online mechanisms so that the citizens can have them affixed at their vehicles within the next two months at their convenience.