Drivers working in the commercial and trade sector know that being on the road is no easy feat. They are subject to a variety of problems, ranging from bad weather to finding the correct routes to the pressure of making deliveries on time. However, after a conversation with different lorry drivers, we were able to conclude that the biggest challenge they face in their job is wearisome and never ending toll queues.
It is not just the long lines that bother the drivers, we learnt. It is also the time that it takes them on the toll booth itself when their turn comes to make the payment. The time spent in handing over the money, waiting for the tariff to be calculated, collecting the change and then waiting for the receipt adds to their frustrations.
FASTag is an easy and efficient way of handling toll payments on national highways. It is a Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID) enabled tag that propagates automatic deduction of toll payment. The tag comes with the feature to be reloaded as per your requirement, or can be linked to a prepaid account from where the money will be automatically deducted. The FASTag is fixed onto the vehicle’s windscreen and when it passes through the toll booth, the tag is automatically scanned and the money is appropriately deducted.
Currently, FASTag ETC is implemented in over 180 toll plazas across all national and state highways in India.
Implementation of anything new brings with it certain challenges. And FASTag is no exception. Below we talk about what FASTag exactly is, what are the challenges that this move has faced so far and what possible solutions can be there to overcome these hurdles.
FASTag is a simple to use, reloadable tag which enables automatic deduction of toll charges and lets you pass through the toll plaza without stopping for the cash transaction. FASTag is linked to a prepaid account from which the applicable toll amount is deducted. The tag employs Radio-frequency Identification (RFID) technology and is affixed on the vehicle’s windscreen after the tag account is active.
FASTag is a perfect solution for a hassle free trip on national highways. FASTag is presently operational at 180 toll plazas across national and state highways. More toll plazas will be brought under the FASTag program in the future.
Commercial fleet operators can predict the time required for vehicles to make a delivery based on a real-time location provided by GPS fleet tracking, and more efficiently schedule routes. Based on accurate location tracking, more deliveries can be scheduled, more fuel-efficient routes can be planned, and delivery times can be estimated. Utilizing a GPS-enabled system allows dispatchers and fleet managers to locate vehicles to answer customer requests of all types and provide exact delivery times, or reroute a vehicle based on its location.