How To Recharge FASTag that deadlined this February 2021?
What Is Fastag?
FASTag is an electronic toll collection system in India, operated by the National Highway Authority of India. FASTag is a simple to use, reloadable tag which enables automatic deduction of toll charges and lets you pass through the toll plaza without stopping for the cash transaction. FASTag is linked to a prepaid account from which the applicable toll amount is deducted. The tag employs Radio-frequency Identification (RFID) technology and is affixed on the vehicle's windscreen after the tag account is active.
FASTag is a perfect solution for a hassle free trip on national highways. FASTag is presently operational at 407 toll plazas across national and state highways. More toll plazas will be brought under the FASTag program in the future, according to Icicibank.
How Does FASTag System Work?
Vehicles which have FASTag enabled on them, do not have to stop at toll gates as charges are deducted from the prepaid or bank account when the vehicle is moving. This means that drivers do not have to stop their vehicle to make transactions as the toll collection will be done electronically under the National Electronic Toll Collection (NETC) programme, Business-standard noted.
How to get a FASTag?
They are available online on all major retail platforms like Amazon, Paytm, Snapdeal etc. They are also available at points of sale locations set up by 23 banks. The list includes all major banks. Road Transport Authority offices also sell these tags, Indianexpress informed.
The government is expanding the network to cover dealers, agents, fuel stations, commercial centres et al so that access to a FASTag is not a problem. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) through its subsidiary Indian Highway Management Company Limited (IHMCL) sells and operates FASTag. FASTag taken from one bank cannot be used with the account of another bank. So users prefer buying FASTag from the bank in which they have their bank accounts.
Besides, NHAI sells bank-neutral FASTags issued by the IHMCL online which are not linked to any bank and the user is free to choose his mode of payment to be linked to the FASTag account. This type of FASTag is currently the most popular. There are around 20 million FASTag users. There are an estimated 50 million vehicles in India. The number of FASTag users has grown 400 per cent in a year. In December last year it was not even one crore.
How much does it cost and what about validity?
Banks are allowed to charge up to Rs 200 for issuing the tag including all taxes, according to the IHMCL. A security deposit, usually around Rs 200 for most cars (it depends on the vehicle type) is also charged. Then there is a minimum recharge amount, usually Rs 100, to keep the tag active. That apart, individual banks may charge additional transaction fee for every recharge. It is best to check out bank’s or prepaid wallet’s websites to see how much they are charging. The security deposit currently cannot be used to pay toll. There is a thinking in the establishment if this security deposit can also be used as toll but it is not yet final. FASTag is valid forever as long as the tag can be read by the scanner. FASTag is specific to vehicles and not persons.
Which highways accept FASTag?
All the 615-odd toll plazas of NHAI and in addition 100 toll plazas of state highways have adopted FASTags for toll collection. The number will increase gradually.
How to operate FASTag account, like recharge, top up etc?
The IHMCL has My FASTag mobile app (Adndroid and iOS) which can be linked to the FASTag. Every FASTag has a unique number. Banks have their own web-based mechanisms. It is like operating any other prepaid e-wallet.
How To Recharge Fastag?
|FASTag can also be purchased online as in listed steps below. However, users must submit a copy of the vehicle's Registration Certificate at the time of activating FASTag. KYC documents are not necessary for bank-neutral FASTags as they will be linked to an existing bank account, Businesstoday warned.|
STEP 1: Login to your PayZapp application. Click on “Recharge/Bill Pay” tab
STEP 2: Under “Utility/Bill Pay” module click on “FASTag” icon
STEP 3: Select “HDFC Bank FASTag” option, then enter your Vehicle Registration No. (or) Wallet ID and click on “CONFIRM” tab
STEP 4: The screen will update you with your current wallet balance, maximum recharge amount with customer details like name and vehicle registration no. Input the recharge amount (within the limit of “Maximum recharge amount”). Select payment option and complete the transaction, V1.hdfcbank advised.
Through NEFT/ IMPS
STEP 1: Log into Internet Banking/Mobile Banking App
STEP 2: In payee details write either Wallet ID Number or Vehicle Number
STEP 3: In IFSC column write UTIB0000ETC and proceed with the payment
For other bank customers: Add beneficiary account. In Account number field, Enter VRN or wallet ID. In IFSC column; use UTIB0000ETC and proceed with the payment, Axisbank listed.
Through HDFC Bank MobileBanking
STEP 1: Login to your HDFC Bank MobileBanking. Click on “Pay” module
STEP 2: First you need to add your vehicle details in the BILLER. Hence click on “ADD BILLER” tab
STEP 3: Click on “FASTag” icon
STEP 4: Select “HDFC Bank FASTag” from the drop down list, input your Vehicle Registration Number, your Wallet ID No. and update the Biller Name (for your future reference) and click on “CONTINUE” tab
STEP 5: Cross check the details provided by you, add a tick mark on T&C box and click on the “CONFIRM” tab. On your confirmation, the Biller will get added in to your biller list. Here, your one time updation of vehicle activity will be completed
STEP 6: To recharge/reload your wallet, please click on the added biller name
STEP 7: Check the pre-populated vehicle no. and wallet details and enter the recharge amount. Select the payment option from the dropdown list at “Pay From” field and click on “PAY” to complete the payment journey, V1.hdfcbank introduced.
Through Google Pay
STEP 1: You will first have to link your bank to your FASTag account by going on the Google Pay app, tap on New Payment and then select on bill payments where FASTag will be listed.
STEP 2: Click on FASTag and then select the issuer bank of your FASTag. The name of the bank would be on the left side of your FASTag sticker.
STEP 3: Once that page opens, click on get started and link your bank account by entering your vehicle number linked to the FASTag account and account number.
STEP 4: Once linked, you can continue to use Google Pay regularly to recharge your account, Thenewsminute regarded.
STEP 1: Open the PhonePe app, scroll down to the ‘Recharge & Bill Payments’ section and click on the ‘FASTag Recharge’ icon.
STEP 2: Then select the issuer bank of your FASTag. The name of the bank would be on the left side of your FASTag sticker.
STEP 3: Once you click on the issuer bank, enter your vehicle number or Wallet ID number linked to the FASTag account
STEP 4: Enter the amount you want to recharge and proceed to payment.
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