FASTag: NH toll plazas' hybrid lanes open till Feb 15

FASTag rollout: Hybrid lanes at NH toll plazas to remain operational till Feb 15

Payments can be made through FASTag as well as cash at the hybrid lanes, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways clarified

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Despite the Ministry of Road Transport making the mandatory rollout of FASTag from Friday, the government has said that hybrid lanes at toll plazas on National Highways will remain operational till February 15. 

This means road users can pay cash or through FASTage at hybrid lanes till mid next month. However, in FASTag lanes, payment of fees will continue to be through FASTag only, the ministry said in a statement. 

"Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has mandated fitment of FASTag with effect from 1st January 2021, in M and N categories of motor vehicles sold before 1st December 2017," the ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

Category ''M'' stands for a motor vehicle with at least four wheels used for carrying passengers.

Category ''N'' stands for a motor vehicle with at least four wheels used for carrying goods, which may also carry persons.

"It is clarified that this Central Motor Vehicle Rule stands in force as it is. However, at hybrid lanes of fee plazas on National Highways, fee payment can be made through FASTag as well as in cash mode till 15th February 2021," the statement said.

"The Ministry has clarified that it is committed to the implementation of 100 per cent E-tolling at fee plazas from 1st January 2021 onwards, mandated under CMV (Central Motor Vehicles) Rules, as amended," the statement said.