From December 15, toll payments will be made only through FASTags under the National Electronic Toll Collection (NETC) program rolled out by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI). If your vehicle does not have a FASTag, then you will be charged double the toll amount for traveling through FASTag lanes on national highways across India.
FASTag is a device that uses Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology for making toll payments directly from the prepaid account linked to it. It is affixed on the vehicle’s windscreen and enables the driver to drive through toll plazas without stopping for the cash transaction. According to the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) website, “The FASTag will offer the convenience of cashless payment along with benefits like – savings on fuel and time as the customer does not has to stop at the toll plaza.”
Worth mentioning, FASTags are issued by 22 certified banks through Point-of-Sale (POS) at National Highway toll plazas and select bank branches. They are also available on e-commerce platforms such as Amazon. FASTag issued by certified banks can charge a maximum of Rs 100 for each tag, which is fixed by NPCI. However, the actual tag issuing charges are defined by the bank and may vary from bank to bank.
Apart from the banks and mobile wallets such as Paytm, one can recharge a FASTag using the BHIM UPI as well.
Given below is a step-wise process to recharge FASTag using the BHIM app –
Download BHIM app
Go to the Google Play/Apple app store and download the BHIM UPI application.
Open BHIM UPI app-
Install and open the app using the ‘Passcode’ and click on ‘Send’- the first tab on the app’s homepage. In the ‘Send Money’ option enter the UPI virtual address of your FASTag (NTPC vehicle number) @banksupihandle) and click on ‘Send to Self’ to proceed further.
Enter the amount
Now in the next step, enter the amount you want to send or recharge your FASTag prepaid wallet with. The last four digits of the account number will be shown on the screen from which the amount will get debited. Click on ‘Proceed’ and re-enter the ‘Passcode’ again.
Confirmation message via SMS
Once your account gets recharged, you will receive a confirmation SMS on your mobile phone. It may be noted that using this app lets you use multiple bank account to recharge your FASTag instantaneously.