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Govt for making FASTags, vehicle tracking systems mandatory for commercial vehicles

As per the proposal, the vehicles will have to carry a sticker on the front wind screen confirming presence of the FASTag.

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Updated: Jul 18, 2018, 09.57 AM IST
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FASTags are cards launched by NHAI to allow cashless payment of toll fee and facilitate near non-stop movement of vehicles through toll plazas.
NEW DELHI: The road transport and highways ministry has proposed to make FASTags and vehicle tracking systems mandatory for commercial vehicles seeking a national permit.

As per the proposal, the vehicles will have to carry a sticker on the front wind screen confirming presence of the FASTag. FASTags are cards launched by National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to allow cashless payment of toll fee and facilitate near non-stop movement of vehicles through toll plazas.

It employs RFID technology for making toll payments directly from the prepaid account linked to it. The draft amendments to the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 has already been issued by the ministry and the same will have to be cleared by parliament.

“The proposed amendment also provides that no fitness certification will be required at the time of registration for new transport vehicles sold as fully-built vehicles,” a statement from the ministry said.

“It has also been proposed that fitness certificates of transport vehicles will be renewed for a two years for vehicles up to eight years old, and for one year for vehicles older than eight years.”

The government has also proposed that driving licence and ‘pollution under control’ certificate can be carried in either physical or digital form.

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The All-India Motor Transport Congress has threatened to go on a nationwide indefinite strike from July 20 to protest against the increase in diesel prices, high toll rates, GST compliance issues and problems with e-way bills.

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