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FASTags are now mandatory to avail discounts at toll plazas

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FASTags are now mandatory to avail discounts on return journeys or any other exemptions at toll fee plazas, for both private and commercial vehicles, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said in a statement on August 26. To make this possible, the Ministry made amendments to the National Highway Fee (Determination of Rates and Collection) Rules, 2008, and notified the changes in the gazette on August 24. As per the amendments: Discounts on return journeys made within 24 hours will be done automatically through a FASTag or "such other device", without requiring a separate pass. For discounts in all other cases, having a valid FASTag is mandatory. "This is another step towards promoting the use of digital payments on Fee Plazas of NHs [national highways]. The fee payable towards such discounts shall be paid through pre-paid instruments, smart card…

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