From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :
Prelims level : RFID technology
Mains level : One Nation One FASTag Scheme
- Minister of Road Transport and Highways inaugurated the scheme.
One Nation One FASTag scheme
- The ‘One Nation One FASTag’ scheme will be implemented from December 1.
- The plan aims to integrate the collection of toll digitally and ensure seamless mobility of vehicles across India.
- It can be availed upon activation by new cars having Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags on national and state highways throughout the country.
Why such scheme?
- At present, 60 lakh vehicles in India have FASTags.
- According to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), these devices will make passing through tolls considerably smoother since drivers will no longer have to carry cash or stop to make a transaction.
What is ‘FASTag’?
- FASTags are stickers that are affixed to the windscreen of vehicles and use Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to enable digital, contactless payment of tolls without having to stop at toll gates.
- The tags are linked to bank accounts and other payment methods.
- As a car crosses a toll plaza, the amount is automatically deducted, and a notification is sent to the registered mobile phone number.
- Sensors are placed on toll barriers, and the barriers open for vehicles having valid FASTags.
- A FASTag is valid for five years and needs to be recharged only as per requirement.