FASTag, from the National Highways Authority of India, is a sticker that is affixed on the windscreen of a vehicle. This sticker uses Radio Frequency Identification RFID Technology to deduct toll payments from the wallet linked with the FASTag account. A FASTag is valid for a period of five years. You are probably aware by now that FASTag is mandatory for all category ‘M’ and ‘N’ vehicles in the country. These categories include four–wheelers that transport passengers and/or goods. You may wonder whether there are any benefits of FASTag for vehicle owners. The answer is a definite YES. Let’s take a look at 5 real FASTag benefits for motorists in the country.1. Eliminates the need for a cash transaction
One of the main advantages of FASTag is that it eliminates the need for cash transactions at toll plazas. Cash transactions are one of the major reasons for traffic jams at toll booths. Now, motorists can enjoy a hassle–free experience as they zip through toll plazas without needing to shuffle around for change wile making payments.
The removal of the need for cash transactions has another important advantage. Due to the pandemic, we all prefer to have a contactless experience and now with FASTag, you can pay toll fees without exchanging physical notes and coins.2. Reduces wait times
Long queues at toll booths will soon be a thing of the past as FASTag lets you sail through without having to endure an extended waiting time. This helps save time and fuel that would have otherwise been wasted in a frustrating wait in queue.3. Easy recharge methods
Your FASTag can be easily recharged online in a matter of minutes (or less). You can easily load the amount you need from your credit card or debit card or even use net banking.4. Easy tracking of toll expenses
If you need to keep track of FASTag expenses for reimbursement purposes, then you will love FASTag. Each time you pay a toll tax, you receive an email and SMS message. You can use these to understand what your expenses have been on your commutes. Now, you don’t have to manually note down each toll fee.5. Paperless and environment friendly
FASTag is also extremely environment friendly, an important feature in these times when we all need to reduce our carbon footprint. When there are no queues at toll plazas, there will automatically be a lower consumption of fuel. Plus, the automatic deduction of the fee from the account linked eliminates the need for a paper receipt given for cash transactions.
As we can see, there are so many benefits of FASTag being made mandatory. As a motorist, remember that there are certain other mandatory documents that you need to be able to drive your vehicle on the roads in the country. These include an active driving licence and a valid car insurance policy (at least third–party insurance). Apart from these, you also need to have a valid PUC (pollution under control) certificate for your car.Disclaimer: The above information is indicative in nature. For more details on the risk factor, terms and conditions, please refer to the Sales Brochure and Policy Wordings carefully before concluding a sale.