Within one year all physical toll booths will be removed, Govt to install GPS for free: Gadkari
India will do away with toll booths and implement complete GPS-based toll collection within one year, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said today.
India will do away with toll booths and implement complete GPS-based toll collection within one year, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said today. Also, short distance tolls near cities called sweeteners will be rectified soon. Gadkari said that vehicles are coming with company fitted GPS System and Govt will install GPS in old Vehicles for free.
"I want to assure the House that within one year all physical toll booths in the country will be removed. It means that toll collection will happen via GPS. The money will be collected based on GPS imaging (on vehicles)," Gadkari said in the Lok Sabha during Question Hour.
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The minister said he has instructed police inquiry for those vehicles which do not pay toll using FASTags. There are cases of toll theft and GST evasion cases if FASTags are not fitted in vehicles.
FASTags, which facilitate electronic payment of fee at toll plazas, was introduced in 2016.
From February 16, vehicles without FASTag are required to pay double toll fees at electronic toll plazas across the country.
Making the tags compulsory would also help in ensuring that vehicles pass seamlessly through the toll plazas, as the fee payment would be done electronically. Gadkari said 93% of the vehicles pay toll using FASTag, but the remaining 7% have still not taken it despite paying a double toll.
Gadkari said new vehicles have FasTags fitted in them, while the government has said it will give free FASTags for old vehicles.
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