Toll Will Be Free For Cars, Trucks If Waiting Time More Than 10 Seconds At Toll Plazas!
According to a document from the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, four-wheelers do not have to pay the toll if they have been waiting for more than 10 seconds at the toll plaza.
Four-wheeler Need Not Pay Toll?
Four-wheelers do not have to pay the toll if they have been waiting for more than 10 seconds at the toll plaza.
Toll plazas have also been told to draw a yellow line 100 metres before the booth entrance. If automobiles are parked behind the yellow line, the toll operator will have to allow the automobiles ahead of them to pass without paying the toll.
This is being done ” to ensure service time of not more than 10 seconds per vehicle even during peak hours at the toll plazas on the National Highways.”
The Rule’s Implementation Might Be A Problem
The execution of the rule could be problematic. It will work on the cash lane but not on the FasTag because the system will deduct the toll money as soon as the car approaches the toll window.
If there is some means by which the toll operator decides to stop this practice, then it can work. Moreover, one also needs to think about why will the toll operator focus on making revenue for his company.
FASTags Penetration At NHAI Toll Plazas
According to the paper, there is currently no wait time at toll plazas, because all customers have switched to FasTags.
From the middle of February 2021, the NHAI claims to have moved to 100% cashless tolling; overall FASTag penetration at NHAI toll plazas has reached 96 per cent, while it stands at 99 per cent in specific locations.
Given that the electronic toll penetration has grown in size, the upcoming toll plazas can be constructed as per traffic projections for the next 10 years to have an efficient toll collection system.