India to soon have GPS-based toll collection; details inside
Posted on February 11, 2024
New Delhi: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has announced a significant shift in India’s toll collection system. Toll plazas on national highways are set to be replaced with GPS-based toll collection, with implementation expected as early as April. This move aims to reduce traffic congestion and accurately charge motorists based on the distance travelled.
A consultant has been appointed to oversee the transition, which will initially operate on a pilot basis alongside existing FASTag systems. Gadkari anticipates this transition to revolutionise toll collection, projecting a substantial increase in revenue from Rs 40,000 crore to Rs 1.40 lakh crore within 2-3 years. The government emphasises adopting new technologies to streamline toll collection, targeting a six-month timeline for implementation. ‘
Despite improvements in wait times with the introduction of FASTags, congestion persists in densely populated areas during peak hours. Mandatory FASTag usage since 2021 penalises vehicles without it, doubling the toll fee as a fine, encouraging widespread adoption and further incentivising the transition to GPS-based toll collection.
How it will work?
The upcoming GPS-driven toll collection system will employ automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) technology via cameras positioned along highways to calculate toll charges according to the distance covered by vehicles. Currently, FASTags utilise RFID technology for toll collection at toll plazas.
The device tracks your driving movements, precisely noting when you enter and exit tolled sections. It calculates the toll charges based on your travel distance, identifying the toll plazas you’ve crossed. This system removes the fixed toll rates at booths, ensuring fairness by adjusting charges according to the distance traveled.
Moreover, motorists no longer need to worry about dealing with cash, waiting for change, or monitoring their FASTag account balance while driving. The toll charges are deducted automatically from your connected account through a secure electronic payment system. This streamlined process eliminates human errors and the risk of toll evasion.