The government of India on Thursday declared all lanes of fee plazas on National Highways as “FASTag lane of the fee plaza” for collection of user fee through digital payment via FASTag with effect from midnight of February 15 and 16, 2021.
Currently, all fee plazas on National Highways are fully equipped with a FASTag system. After the declaration of all lanes as FASTag Lanes, the overall FASTag penetration has reached approximately 96 percent from 80 percent on February 14, 2021.
As of July 14, 2021, more than 3.54 crore FASTags have been issued, the government said in a statement.
Improvement is in process while technology for the collection of user fees is a continuous process, it said, adding that efforts were also made towards the adoption of new technology and process.
Meanwhile, the mandatory provision of an airbag for the driver and co-driver has been made under the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989.
This information was given by Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.
It is pertinent to mention that implementation of the provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 comes under the purview of respective Governments of States and Union Territories.