FASTag has been made mandatory for all four-wheelers in the country from January 1, 2021, the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has announced. This essentially changes the earlier diktat according to which FASTags were mandatory only for four-wheelers brought after December 1, 2017. The ministry also announced that FASTags would become mandatory while getting third-party vehicle insurance policies. This rule shall be applicable from April 1, 2021. Both these decisions have been in the works since September. Additionally, the tags will be required for any vehicle owner who wishes to renew its fitness certificates. Earlier, as per a July decision, FASTag details were supposed to be captured in the VAHAN database during issuance of the certificates; it wasn't mandatory. While it is only now that the stickers have become essential for four-wheelers brought before 2017, there have been other…
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