Long gone are the days when people used to worry about carrying cash while traveling to pay at toll plazas. Thanks to the online FASTag technology, traveling has become much more accessible and hassle-free. This is because you need to recharge your FASTag from your smartphone, and in less than 5 seconds, you’ll be able to cross the toll plaza easily.
Nowadays, time is everything! Especially in Tier-1 and Tier-2 cities, individuals consider time very precious and plan everything accordingly. Gone are the days when people used to wait for a long time at toll plazas to cross it.
What is FASTag?
An electronic toll collection system in India, FASTag uses RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology for making toll payments at toll plazas while traveling. It is simply a sticker affixed to your vehicle’s windscreen and enables automatic deduction of toll charges without having to stop at the toll plaza.
So, basically, when your vehicle is equipped with a FASTag and passes through a toll gate, the amount is automatically deducted from the prepaid account linked to the tag. This payment is made via the National Electronic Toll Collection (NETC) system, which is integrated with the tag reader at the toll plaza.
What is the importance of keeping an adequate balance in your FASTag account?
An online FASTag enables a seamless travel experience, automatically deducting the amount as you pass through the toll plaza. So, by keeping an adequate balance at all times, you can easily avoid any delays or inconveniences.
● Avoid Penalty Charges
If your account balance falls below the minimum threshold amount, the toll plaza operator may charge you a penalty. This penalty is usually double the amount. To avoid this, ensure that your account is recharged at all times.
● Environmentally Friendly
As it helps reduce traffic chaos at the toll plazas, it cuts down on carbon emissions, allowing for a smoother and faster flow of vehicles. Therefore, keep your account recharged and contribute to a greener environment.
How to check balance in FASTag?
It totally depends on which application you are using for the same. Personally speaking, instead of all those complicated applications available for your smartphone, I believe that Bajaj Finserv is one of the easiest apps to use. It has a simple interface that any age group can easily use.
- Download the Bajaj Finserv application from App Store/Play Store.
- Sign up & go to the Bills & Recharges section.
- Tap on Fastag under the recharge section
- Select your provider and enter your vehicle registration number or wallet ID
- After entering the required details, you’ll see your current balance and maximum allowable payment.
Therefore, keeping your FASTag account recharged at all times is crucial to enjoy a seamless travel experience. Also, it helps avoid penalty charges, takes advantage of cashback offers, and contributes to a greener and cleaner environment.