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Explained – How GPS based system will replace FASTag and reduce toll tax

To reduce the long waiting times and traffic jams at toll plazas, the Indian government has come up with a solution. The government is working on GPS based toll collection to reduce travel time and replace FASTag. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is conducting a pilot project for an Automatic Number Plate Identification System (Automatic Number Plate Reader Camera) to enable automatic toll collection without stopping vehicles. Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said that the government wants to develop India’s public transport system on electricity. With this initiative, two objectives will be achieved: “Free flow of traffic at toll booths and pay as per your usage.”

GPS based toll collection

The GPS-based toll will further reduce the waiting time as Gadkari says, “With this new technology, we want to achieve two objectives – free flow of traffic at toll booths and pay as you use it.” In order to reduce traffic congestion at toll plazas and charge vehicle owners for accurate distance of cars plying on toll highways, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said that the government is conducting a pilot project for an automatic number plate identification system. Still working.

“Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is conducting a pilot project of Automatic Number Plate Recognition System (Automatic Number Plate Reader Camera) to enable automatic toll collection without stopping vehicles. While this is a considerable improvement in waiting times, some At places, especially near cities, and in densely populated cities, there are still some delays at toll plazas during peak hours.

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advanced traffic management system

In order to provide seamless and safe traffic operation, Gadkari said that Advanced Traffic Management System (ATM) is being installed on all newly constructed National Highways and existing 4 plus-lane National Highways to provide seamless and safe traffic operation. The Minister of Road Transport and Highways said, “The Ministry aims to implement Intelligence Traffic System (ITS) on 15,000 km of National Highways by 2024 to strengthen road safety.”

Last month, Gadkari had said that the government is now looking at two options – a satellite-based toll system where a car will have GPS and toll will be deducted directly from the passenger’s bank account and the other option is through number plates. ,

short wait time

While GPS based toll collection will completely eliminate vehicular plying at toll plazas and collect toll as per the distance covered, Nitin Gadkari says that FASTag has helped in decongesting Indian roads as Never happened before. According to the minister, during 2018-19, the average waiting time of vehicles at toll plazas was 8 minutes. With the introduction of FASTags during 2020-21 and 2021-22, the average waiting time for vehicles has now come down to 47 seconds.

(with inputs from agencies)

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