Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Thursday that FASTags will be mandatory for vehicles from January 1, 2021. for the uninitiated, FASTags facilitate electronic payment of fee at toll plazas.

Introduced in 2016, the compulsory use of these tags will help vehicles pass without any hitch through the toll plazas, preventing long queues.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said in a statement that  FASTag is being made mandatory for all vehicles in the country from the new year.

The Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and MSMEs Nitin Gadkari has stated that FASTag will be useful for commuters as they will not have to stop at toll plazas for cash payments.

  By 2017, FASTag numbers went up to seven lakh and more than 34 lakh FASTags were issued in 2018.

As per the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, since December 1, 2017, FASTag had been made mandatory for the registration of new four-wheelers.

In November this year, the ministry issued a notification also making FASTag mandatory from January 1, 2021, for old vehicles or that were sold before December 1, 2017.

Moreover, the renewal of fitness certificate of a transport vehicle will be done only after the vehicle in question has a FASTag. 

A valid FASTag IS NECESSARY for getting new third party insurance. This will come into effect from April 1, 2021.

Meanwhile, Gadkari also inaugurated and laid the foundation stone for 18 highway projects in Rajasthan virtually on Thursday.

According to a press statement from the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, these projects carry a road length of nearly 1,127 kilometres, involving a construction value of Rs 8,341 crores. Paving the way for the development of Rajasthan, these roads aim to enhance better connectivity, convenience and economic growth in the state.

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