Will toll points be abolished? Image Credit source: Symbolic photo
There was a time when people used to cross the toll plaza by paying cash, then the government brought the facility of FasTag and now the government is preparing to make a big change in the toll tax collection system before the elections. If reports are to be believed, the government may remove all toll booths and start satellite based toll collection system.
With the introduction of Satellite Toll System, the general public will be benefited somewhere, car drivers will not need to stop anywhere, along with this, photographs of the number plates of the vehicles will be captured at the entry and exit. After the introduction of the new system, you will have to pay only for the distance you have covered through the highway.
How will toll tax be deducted?
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Now the question must be roaming in your mind that if the toll plaza is removed then how will the money be deducted from FasTag? After the arrival of satellite toll system, toll money will be deducted from your bank account. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has recently informed in Rajya Sabha that preparations are going on to introduce satellite based toll system soon.
An official of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), which is implementing this technology, said that testing has been done in Delhi and Gurugram and the trial will be started soon in Bengaluru.
How will the satellite system work?
Every vehicle registering for the Global Navigation Satellite System will have to be fitted with an On-Board Unit (OBU) and this device will be linked to the satellite. OBU will be similar to vehicle tracking system and will be made mandatory for some vehicles, especially those carrying hazardous chemicals. This OBU device will be linked to the wallet from which toll amount will be deducted.
What will happen to crores of FasTag?
In 2016, the government first brought the facility of Fastag, which was made mandatory in January 2021. Till now, more than 8 crore Fastags have been issued, now the question arises that what will happen to Fastag after the introduction of satellite based toll system?
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