Q.1 What is Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) / FASTag?

Ans: NHAI has rolled out program for Electronic Toll Collection on Toll Plazas on National Highways to be called FASTag.

FASTag is a device that employs Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology for making toll payments directly from the prepaid account linked to it. It is affixed on the windscreen of your vehicle and enables you to drive through toll plazas. FASTag has a validity of 5 years and after purchasing it, you only need to recharge/ top up the FASTag as per your requirement.

FASTag offers near non-stop movement of vehicles through toll plazas and the convenience of cashless payment of toll fee with nation-wide interoperable Electronic Toll Collection Services.

Q.2 What are the benefits of using FASTag?


1. Ease of payment – No need to carry cash for the toll transactions, saves time

2. Near non-stop movement of vehicles leading to lower fuel cost.

3. Online Recharge – FASTag can be recharged online through Credit Card / Debit Card / NEFT/ RTGS or Net banking

4. SMS alerts for toll transactions, low balance, etc.

5. Online Portal for customers

6. Validity of 5 Years

7. Incentive: You can avail a cashback of 10% on all Toll payments using FASTag in 2016-17

8. Other benefits are:

Environmental benefit Social benefit Economic benefit
  • Reduced air pollution
  • Reduced use of paper
  • Reduced toll payment hassles
  • Analytics for better highway management
  • Reduced effort in management at toll plaza
  • Reduced effort in
    monitoring centrally

Q.3 Is there any incentive / discount on Toll payments using FASTag?

Ans: Customer can avail a cashback of 10% on all Toll payments using FASTag in FY 2016-17. The cashback amount for a particular month will be credited back to your FASTag account within a week of subsequent month.

Q.4 Is FASTag compulsory & is FASTag for any particular kind / category of vehicle?

Ans: Adopting FASTag is voluntary at this stage of the program. However, it may be made mandatory in future at some locations. FASTag is applicable for all categories, kinds, makes and types of vehicles.

Q.5 Who is implementing this program?

Ans: Indian Highways Management Company Limited (IHMCL) (a company incorporated by National Highways Authority of India) and National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI) are implementing this program with help from Toll Plaza Concessionaires, FASTag Issuer Agencies and Toll Transaction Acquirer (select banks).

Q.6 On which highways / roads FASTag can be used?

Ans: FASTag is presently operational at 240+ toll plazas across National Highways. More toll plazas will be brought under the FASTag program in the future. To find out list of toll plazas currently integrated with FASTag.

Q.7 What are the charges for FASTag?

Ans: FASTag has a one time Fee of ₹ 200. The refundable security deposit depends on the vehicle type. Please check other details on website of Issuer Agencies.

Q.8 How can I buy FASTag and what documents are required?

Ans: The customer may visit any of the Point of Sale (POS) locations at Toll Plazas / Issuer Agency to get your FASTag account created. Customer may call on customer care no. of the Issuer Agency to know more details.

For list of Point of Sale (POS) locations.

Customer need to submit a copy of the following documents along with the application for


1. Registration Certificate (RC) of the vehicle.

2. Passport size photograph of the vehicle owner

3. KYC documents as per the category of the vehicle owner ( individual / corporate):

ID proof and Address proof from the list mentioned, and 1 passport size photograph
Driving License PAN Card Passport Voter ID Card Aadhar Card
(with address)
For instance, valid driving license would be sufficient for Address & ID proof.

For Corporate customers and other details please visit web site of the participating banks / issuer Agency.


(i) Issue of FASTag is subject to verification of original documents mentioned above by the issuing agency.

(ii) Customers are advised to bring originals of above documents while visiting PoS for purchase of FASTag.

(iii) The FASTag will be fixed on the vehicle’s windshield by the representative of the Issuer Agency only.

(iv) Any representative of the vehicle owner can provide the above documentation and information and purchase the FASTag.

Q.9 How will I get to know if and how much toll has been debited?

Ans: The customer will receive an SMS with requisite details to his registered mobile number as soon as the toll transaction takes place. Periodic statement of account may also be obtained on website of the Issuer Agency after registration by the customer.

Q.10 Do I need to use any specific lane at the toll plaza for FASTag?

Ans: A vehicle with FASTag may use any lane at toll plazas by making cash payment. However, the FASTag will work only in the lanes demarcated for FASTag.

Vehicle without valid FASTag entering FASTag lane will be charged double the applicable toll amount in cash

Q.11 Can I avail a Monthly Pass or Local Pass.

Ans: The monthly pass facility is specific to each toll plaza. You may call customer care of the participating bank / issuer agency for further details.

Q.12 How and where do I finally pay the toll?

Ans: Issuer Agency will electronically deduct the applicable toll fee from the customer’s account linked to the FASTag. This deduction will be done post the toll transaction. The customer needs to adequately fund the account which is linked to FASTag. This recharge process may be termed as top-up.

Q.13 How can I recharge my FASTag account?

Ans: You may recharge your FASTag account by making payment through cheque or online through Credit Card/ Debit Card/ NEFT/ RTGS or through Net Banking. FASTag account can be recharged upto ₹ 1,00,000.00 (Rupees One Lac only).

For recharge, steps prescribed by the respective issuing agency on their web site need to be followed.

Q.14 How would I cross toll plaza, if FASTag equipment are not working?

Ans: Please refer to Standard Operating Procedure (SoP) for FASTag user.

Q.15 Is there any minimum value for such recharge / top up?

Ans: Yes, the minimum recharge amount is Rs. 100.

Q.16 I have two vehicles, can I use one FASTag for two vehicles?

Ans: You will need to take two separate FASTags for the two vehicles.

Q.17 Can a FASTag bought for my one vehicle be used for another vehicle?

Ans: No, FASTag is issued to each vehicle based on KYC documents submitted. If a FASTag for instance bought for one Car is used for a Truck then such FASTag shall get blacklisted resulting into denial of vehicle passage from FASTag lanes on Toll Plazas. FASTag users are advised to desist from such practice.

Q.18 What do I have to do if I lost my FASTag? What will happen to the account balance?

Ans: You will need to call customer care number of the issuer agency to block your FASTag. Once you take a new account, the issuer agency will transfer the balance to the new account.

Q.19 How would I know that the correct user fee has been deducted from my FASTag account?

Ans: Customer will receive an SMS alert in your registered phone number each time an amount is deducted from your FASTag account. Fee payable on each toll plaza may be seen on www.nhtis.org in addition to displayed at concerned toll plazas.

Q.20 How would I report an incorrect deduction and how will I get back the same?

Ans: Customer can report an incorrect deduction by calling us at customer care number of the issuer agency. The agency will review your request and necessary action.

Q.21 How do I block my FASTag account, in case my vehicle is lost?

Ans: Customer can call up customer care of the issuer agency and block his / her FASTag account.

Q.22 I have new vehicle fitted with RFID Tag. How to get it activated?

Ans: Please contact the PoS of respective Issuer Agency.

Q.23 Can the tags purchased earlier be used?

Ans: Only RFID Tag purchased earlier may be used, in case of any problems, please contact the PoS of issuer Agency. Any other type of Tag will not work on FASTag lanes.

Q.24 Can FASTag be used for passage through toll plazas on the National Highways?

Ans: FASTag can be used on all toll plazas on National Highways where it has been integrated. You can check the list of Plazas click here

Q.25 I have FASTag and also balance in my linked account, but I could not go through ETC lane. How do I get my FASTag checked/ rectified to see whether it is active or not?

Ans: Please refer to steps under Standard Operating Procedure (SoP) for FASTag user. Customer to raise a request regarding the same by calling customer care of the respective Issuer Agency.

Q.26 I reside within 10 Km of a particular Toll plaza. Do I need to take FASTag to get the concessions available for local vehicles?

Ans: Yes, you can, if you need to access and use FASTag lane and to avail cash back.

Q.27 What if I relocate to another City?

Ans: FASTag will work on all enabled toll plazas. In case of change in city or address, the customer should inform only the Issuer Agency.

Q.28 Can one vehicle use more than one FASTag?

Ans: It is strictly prohibited to purchase two FASTag for one vehicle. In case of multiple FASTag, customer will be responsible for operational issues.

Q.29 What if I sell/ transfer my car?

Ans: In case of car being sold or transferred; only the Issuer Agency needs to be informed.

Q.30 What if the FASTag gets damaged?

Ans: The vehicle owner/ user could approach the Issuer Agency for replacement of FASTag.

Q.31 Can FASTag be used at places other than National highways?

Ans: It is planned to extend usage of FASTag to toll plazas at State highways for tolling, parking lots for parking charge and various other payments at wayside amenities.

Q.32 What if the vehicle owner/ user has a grievance?

Ans: The primary point of contact for the vehicle owner/ user is the Issuer Agency, contact details for which will be shared at the time of FASTag issuance. IHMCL can be approached as the next escalation level.

Standard Operating Procedure (Sop For Road Users)

1. While approaching NHAI’s Toll Plaza, Identify FASTag lane locating the FASTag Logo/ Symbol.

2. FASTag lane can also be identified by locating the toll lane with extended Island/ Separator.

a) The toll plaza may be equipped with complete infrastructure and DEDICATED FASTag LANE(s)

i. Such plaza will have a dedicated FASTag lane marked as FASTag Lane, which start about 70 meters before the Toll plaza. There are FASTag sign board / Banners installed on the FASTag lanes


b) Toll Plazas may not be equipped with dedicated FASTag lane (temporary toll plaza or plazas having insufficient lanes)

i. Such toll plazas may not have a proper canopy or plaza building

ii. Such toll plazas may not have the dedicated FASTag lane marked

3. Approaching Toll Plaza with Dedicated FASTag Lane(s)

a) While approaching the Toll Plaza, the road user shall slow down to check for FASTag signage

b) The user shall enter the earmarked FASTag lane at approximate speed of 25-30 kmph and maintain at least 10 metres distance form any vehicle ahead of you.

c) Allow the vehicle ahead of you to pass through boom barrier.

d) If the RFID Tag is read by reader installed in designated lane and authenticated adequately,

i. User will see green traffic light to guide him to pass through the lane.

ii. The barrier will stay open.

e) Don’t stop your vehicle once you reach canopy/reader and after green signal appears/ boom barrier opens. CautionTaking too much time may lead to fall of boom barrier.

f) In case the RFID Tag is not read or validated due to any reason,

i. The traffic lights will turn red and guide the users to exit out of FASTag lane.

ii. The user should slow down as the boom barrier may come down.

iii. The Toll Plaza staff shall check the tag with hand held reader

iv. If the hand held reader reads and validates the tag, the vehicle shall be allowed to cross the toll plaza.

v. If the Tag is not valid or is blacklisted, the vehicle owner shall pay the toll in Cash

4. Approaching Toll Plaza with NO DEDICATED FASTag Lane (Temporary / Under Progress)

a) While approaching the Toll Plaza, the road user shall slow down to check for lane marked as FASTag or Mixed lane (FASTag & Cash) at approximate speed of 25-30 KM per hour.

b) User shall stop his vehicle near the payment booth (pay axis) and request for FASTag transaction.

c) Toll Plaza staff shall check the installed FASTag with a hand held reader

i. If the hand held reader reads and validates the RFID Tag, the vehicle shall be allowed to cross the toll plaza.

ii. If the RFID Tag is not valid or is blacklisted, the vehicle owner shall pay the toll in Cash

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