New Delhi: Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has told the Lok Sabha that toll booths on national highways will be removed and GPS-based toll collection will be implemented within the next one year. Currently, 93 per cent of vehicles pay toll using Fastag. Gadkari said the remaining seven per cent were paying double toll as there was no fastag.
All physical toll booths in the country will be removed within a year. The toll is based on GPS imaging of vehicles. Gadkari also said that the police had directed an inquiry into vehicles that did not pay toll using Fastag and that it was a crime. Fastag was launched in 2016 to facilitate electronic payments at toll plazas. Fastag has been mandatory in the country since February 15 this year. Vehicles without Fastag will be fined double the toll.
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The government, meanwhile, has made it clear that new vehicles will have fast tags attached to them and will provide free fast tags to older vehicles. He added that the government has implemented vehicle tracking system for commercial vehicles and plans to install GPS technology in older vehicles.