Key Words: Toll, Booth, GPS, Collection, System, Highway
Hey, what’s up, folks! Hope all is well. At a time when “Digital India” is transforming the way Indians live, the Government of India has announced yet another brilliant digital initiative in the Transport sector – No more Toll Booth Collection System!
The Government of India will do away with roadside kiosks, and lay down a GPS-based system for toll collection within a year, Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said in Parliament on Thursday, PTI.
“I want to assure the House that within one year all physical toll booths in the country will be removed,” Gadkari said in the Lok Sabha during the Question Hour. “It means that toll collection will happen via GPS. The money will be collected based on GPS imaging on vehicles.”
The minister said that currently, 93% of the vehicles pay toll using FASTag. But the remaining 7% still were yet to install the service despite the fact that they end up paying double.
FASTag is an electronic toll collection system in India, which is operated by the National Highway Authority of India. It employs Radio Frequency Identification technology for making payments directly from the prepaid or savings account linked to it.
The Union minister also announced the vehicle scrappage policy in the Lok Sabha on Thursday, according to The Mint.
Gadkari said that if a commercial vehicle failed to get a fitness clearance, it will be de-registered after 15 years. Private vehicles will be de-registered after 20 years if found unfit or in case of a failure to renew registration certificates.
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