E-toll tags to be made manda­tory for on-duty gov­ern­ment trucks

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For a hassle-free move­ment of cargo, in­dus­try sources claim that the gov­ern­ment has de­cided to make elec­tronic toll tags manda­tory for all ve­hi­cles con­tracted by the gov­ern­ment de­part­ments. The de­ci­sion, the sources added, was taken in an in­ter-min­is­te­rial meet­ing chaired by Nitin Gad­kari, Min­is­ter of Road Trans­port and High­ways, and at­tended by pe­tro­leum min­is­ter Dhar­men­dra Prad­han and food and con­sumer af­fairs min­is­ter Ram Vi­las Paswan. It was de­cided in the in­ter­min­is­te­rial meet­ing that the con­cerned min­istries will is­sue ad­min­is­tra­tive or­ders to make it manda­tory for trucks con­tracted by the gov­ern­ment de­part­ments like FCI, Pe­tro­leum, Mines etc., to carry FASTags. Based on Ra­dio Fre­quency Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy (RFID), FASTag are said to be sim­ple to use. They are re-load­able tags, which en­able au­to­matic de­duc­tion of toll charges, elim­i­nat­ing the need to wait at toll plazas to pay the toll. Claim in­dus­try sources that this would lead to a sig­nif­i­cant amount of sav­ing in fuel among other re­sources.

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