Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has made the use of FASTag mandatory for availing return journey discount or any other exemptions at toll fee plazas. Users who wish to claim a discount for making return journey within 24 hours or any other local exemptions are required to have a valid functional FASTag on the vehicle.
A Gazette notification No. 534 E, dated August 24, 2020, to amend the National Highways Fee (Determination of Rates and Collection) Rules, 2008 has been notified in this respect.
This is another step towards promoting the use of digital payments at national highway fee plazas. The fee payable towards such discounts should be paid through pre-paid instruments, smart card or through FASTag or onboard unit (transponder) or any other such device only.
For a discount on a return journey within 24 hours, it would be through FASTag or such other device and automatic and no requirement for a pass. For availing discounts on all other cases, having a valid FASTag is made necessary.