Fastag has become necessary since December 2019. All the lanes of all the toll plazas have been converted into Fastag lanes. Now you will need to Fastag to pass your vehicle from the toll plaza. Without this, you will not be able to pass your vehicle from the toll plaza.
If you do not know about fastag and you want to know about it, then let us tell you about it.
What is FASTag?
In order to solve the problems caused by the toll system at the toll plaza, the National Highway Authority of India started an electronic toll collection system in India in the year 2014 named Fastag. Fastag is an electronic tool with which you can pay your toll tax at the toll plaza without stoping your vehicle.
All you have to do is put a tag on your vehicle. It is installed in your vehicle’s windscreen. In this, radio frequency identification called Rafid is embedded in it. As soon as your car goes to the toll plaza, the sensor on the toll plaza cuts off the fee charged in the toll plaza from the Fastag account as soon as you come in contact with the Fastag installed on the windscreen of your car. And you pay your tax without stopping there.
Fastag has a prepaid account. For example, the Fastag account has to be recharged in the same way as you recharge your mobile number. You can recharge it online with your credit card, debit card, internet banking, or UPI payment. You can recharge your Fastag account for at least Rs 100 and up to Rs 1 lakh.
How Fastag Works?
If you don’t know how it works then we added a fantastic video tutorial below. Watch and understand the whole process about how a Fastag works.
Where to Buy Fastag?
As we said, the National Highway Authority of India has fast-enabled all the lanes at all its toll plazas. That is, if you pass through any lane without fastening, then you may have to pay a double toll tax. But you do not have to worry too much because every toll plaza also has a hybrid lane where you can pass without a fast tag.
But imagine for yourself how many long queues will be in this one hybrid line? So to save your time it is very important for you to take Fastag. Now we will know further about how we can buy it and what documents will be required for it.
You can buy Fastag from 3 places
- National Highway Authority of India (NHAI Point of Sale)
- Online Payment Wallet
1. How To Buy Fastag from Nearest NHAI Point of Sale
If you want to buy Fastag from the National Highway Authority of India sales center, then you must know its sales center near you. For this, myFastag application will help you. Visit the play store and download this app now. After downloading this app, you can click on the “Buy NHAI FASTag” link. You’ll get to see another button called “Search for Nearby Point-of-Sale” click on it. Now select your state and city name and after that, all your nearest NHAI sales center information will be shown on your screen.
If you are on its toll plaza then you can also buy Fastag from the sales center built on that toll plaza.
2. How to Buy Fastag from Banks
Through the list of the bank given below, you can also buy tag online. For this, you have to go to the website of that bank and you can easily buy it by going to request fastag. One thing you also have to keep in mind is that you can buy it from any bank and there is no need to have an account for it.
|Issuing Bank||Website Link|
|Axis Bank||Visit Here|
|ICICI Bank||Visit Here|
|IDFC Bank||Visit Here|
|State Bank of India||Visit Here|
|HDFC Bank||Visit Here|
|Karur Vysya Bank||Visit Here|
|EQUITAS Small Finance Bank||Visit Here|
|PayTM Payments Bank Ltd||Visit Here|
|Kotak Mahindra Bank||Visit Here|
|Syndicate Bank||Visit Here|
|Federal Bank||Visit Here|
|South Indian Bank||Visit Here|
|Punjab National Bank||Visit Here|
|Bank of Baroda||Visit Here|
What is the Fee?
While buying Fastag, you may have to pay Rs 400 to Rs 500. Of this, there is a fee for issuing fast 100 rupees. 200 is a refundable deposit. And you get 100 rupees to use in your fastag account.
|Minimum Balance to Maintain||Rs. 150|
|Refundable Security Deposit||Rs. 250|
What Documents Required for Purchasing a Fastag?
While buying this, you will need your vehicle RC book, the driving license of the vehicle owner, and a passport size photo. Apart from this, one document between the Aadhar card and voter card will be required for address proof.
- Vehicle Registration (RC Book)
- 1 Passport Size Photo
- Aadhaar Card or Voter ID card (For Address proof)
Important Information Related to Fastag
- If you have 2 vehicles then a different tag will be required for both vehicles.
- The validity of a fastag is up to 5 years.
- If you live in an area of 10 km from any toll plaza then you will get the necessary cashback in your tag.
- You will get a 2.5% discount on toll tax if you have a tag.
- If your tag is damaged, then you have to pay an extra fee of Rs 200 to replace it.
- If the Fastag scanner at any toll plaza not working properly and your vehicle has a valid tag sticker, then you can pass through that toll plaza without paying any toll.
These Three Important Precautions Should Be Taken While Using It.
1. Paste Your Fastag ID at the Correct Position into Your Car
Yes, here is a very important precaution that you have to keep in mind. If you do not paste it properly then you are not able to take advantage of it properly. When you pass through the toll plaza, the scanner that is there is not able to scan your fastag properly.
When you are going to apply it to your vehicle, first clean the glass in front of your car properly or clean the surface of the place where you want to stick it.
One more thing to keep in mind is that when you go to paste it in the mirror of your car, then paste it from inside the car. If you stick it out, then your chances of your fastag getting worse are high. Or it may spoil after the rain.
2. Always Keep Enough Balance in Your Fastag Account
Most people do not pay attention to it. You should keep your Fastag account recharged and keep enough balance if you pass through Toll Plaza frequently.
Whenever you leave home, check your Fastag account balance once. If you do not do this and if your vehicle is not scanned then you may have to pay double toll tax there. According to the rule, whatever your toll collection is, it will all be online. If your payment is not made then you will have to pay double tax even if your tag is placed.
So you always kept checking your account and recharging from time to time.
3. Keep a Distance Away From the Car Ahead of You
Whenever you pass through the fastag lane of a toll plaza, at that time you have to keep in mind that you have to move forward by making a distance of about 3 meters from the car ahead of you. This is why it is necessary because sometimes the tag of the car ahead of you does not work and you are behind it and your tag gets scanned due to being close.
So you have to take care and keep a distance away from your front car.
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