If the GPS toll collection system becomes available, there will be no need to reduce the speed of vehicles at the toll plazas. This saves travel time.
Toll Charges: Toll Plaza.. We see these on all national and state highways. Governments who are expanding the roads in the PPP method are collecting the amount from the motorists. To this end, the government is giving permission to contract companies to set up toll plazas on the respective roads. At least ten years… they are collecting toll and maintaining the road. Construction companies. Previously, money was collected manually at toll plazas. Later Center introduced FASTAG which collects automatic toll. Recently, the center is going to bring a new toll collection system based on GVS in its place.
Avoid turning traffic..
Due to manual tolling, one has to wait for a long time at the toll plazas on peak days. With this, the center has brought the FASTAG system for automatic charge collection. But even this method did not completely solve the traffic problem. In this background, the center is planning to make GPS based toll system available. With this, the journey on the highway is expected to be faster and smoother.
Fastar in 2016..
Till 2016, toll was collected manually at toll plazas. Later, the Center implemented the FASTAG policy in 2016. With this, toll collection started without stopping at the toll plazas. But still there are some problems. Motorists are troubled by low balance and technical problems. As a solution to these, the Center hopes to bring a GPS-based toll system.
GPS Toll has many features
GPS based toll system is a new technology. Currently it is being trial run on some roads like Atal Setu in Mumbai. Special cameras are being installed at toll plazas for this purpose. It works by scanning number plates of moving vehicles. The cameras work with automatic number plate recognition technology. In this system, the toll amount is debited from the bank account linked to the vehicle registration. Let's find out which GPS based toll system offers many advantages over FASTAG.
These are the benefits..
If the GPS toll collection system becomes available, there will be no need to reduce the speed of vehicles at the toll plazas. This saves travel time. There is no need to recharge Fastags anymore. This will improve the user experience. Vehicles can drive and leave without any interruption. Traffic problems are also not encountered.
Will there be fastags?
There are doubts whether there will be FASTags after the GPS based toll system becomes available. However, the GPS system is currently in the testing phase. It will gradually be extended to all roads. But fastags may not be removed at once. The Center intends to implement it on major roads with heavy traffic first. But this does not make Fastags useless. These can be continued on minor roads or as a backup option.
Number plate should be changed..
And for GPS-based toll collection, motorists have to change their vehicle number plates. The number plates should be fixed as per the instructions of the centre. Only then will the cameras installed at the toll plazas recognize the number. If other number plates are used it will be difficult to identify it.
The Center is trying to make GPS based toll system available from April 2024. This system will be made available after the success of the pilot projects and the resolution of issues like data privacy. Overall, the Center feels that the GPS-based toll collection system will completely change the highway travel experience.