New toll system for expressways soon

New toll system for expressways soon

New toll system for expressways soon

The government would soon introduce a new payment system for tollbooths, charging users only for the amount of distance they travel on a highway.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is working on the policy that would tailor the fee to the number of kilometres travelled against the practice of charging them for the entire stretch of the tolled highway running upto 60 or 70  kilometres even if they were to exit the road midway.
The ministry would pilot the system in access-controlled highways and expressways.

Without changing the existing toll fees, the new policy would only alter the system to charge the vehicles from the point of entry to the point of exit by measuring the kilometres, an official from the ministry told DH.

The rationale behind rolling out the system in access-controlled highways is that they have only limited entry and exit points, the official added, pointing out that it is easier to measure the distance travelled using the radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags on the vehicle. If, for instance, a vehicle with RFID enters the tollbooth of an expressway, a camera would read the tag and registration number. The same would also be noted by a camera at the exit point, enabling officials to calculate the distance and dock the amount from the pre-paid RFID tag.

In the proposed system, every exit and entry point along the toll road would have an RFID tag reading camera.

Several countries have introduced the system, which eases the burden on the commuters since it is pay-per-use, the official said.  The ministry is planning to introduce the system on the 135-km-long Eastern Peripheral Expressway covering several cities in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh closer to Delhi.