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National highway tolls turn digital, Government’s 5 alternate arrangements to pay tolls

Tolls at national highway to resume toll collection from December 2 midnight. Going towards cashless economy amidst demonetization turmoil, here are five alternate methods that the government has arranged at tolls.

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From midnight of December 2, toll collection at national highway toll plazas are set to be resumed. Regardless one has the new currency or not, toll payment can be made by credit/debit cards as the toll plazas have been equipped with swipe machines.

The government has said that they are committed to ensure smooth movement of traffic, and that elaborate arrangement have been made by Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and NHAI.

Here are the five keypoints highlighting how government plans to manage traffic and initiate cashless methods:

 

1

Card Swipe Machine

367 toll plazas have been equipped with swipe machines.

 

2

FASTags

Toll plazas will also have a dedicated lane for FASTags, a prepaid payment device under Electronic Toll Collection program of NHAI.

 

3

FASTags

From December 2 midnight to December 15 midnight, old demonetized Rs. 500 note can be used to purchase FASTags.

 

4

Rs. 100-500 denominations

From December 2 midnight to December 15 midnight, old demonetized Rs. 500 note will be accepted at toll plazas only if the toll fee is more than Rs. 200.

 

5

Electronic Wallets

Toll fee payment can also be made using e-wallets.

 

In view of demonetization of old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 currency notes and traffic snarls at tolls, the government had exempted toll fees for vehicles on national highway until December 2.


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