This article offers a guide on how GPS-based toll collection works and its benefits.

How does GPS-based toll collection work

GPS-based toll collection pioneers a revolution in road travel and toll collection. This innovative system, which uses Global Positioning System (GPS) technology, marks a significant leap from traditional toll collection methods.

It is designed to automatically deduct toll charges from a vehicle's account as it passes through a toll zone without needing physical toll booths. This method calculates the toll based on the vehicle's movement and the distance covered on the toll road, ensuring a more accurate and efficient toll collection process.

Unlike conventional systems, which rely on physical infrastructure and manual transactions, the GPS-based toll collection system offers drivers a seamless and hassle-free experience.

It aims to reduce traffic congestion at toll plazas, lower the costs associated with toll collection, and provide a more environmentally friendly alternative by reducing emissions from idling vehicles.

How will it be different from FASTag?

While FASTag collection employs Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) technology for toll collection, requiring vehicles to pass through toll booths where the tag is scanned, GPS-based toll collection eliminates the need for physical infrastructure.

This means vehicles will not have to slow down or stop for toll payments, significantly reducing travel time and contributing to a smoother traffic flow.

GPS provides a dynamic way to calculate tolls based on actual usage, offering a more equitable and usage-based tolling system than the fixed rates applied through FASTag.

GPS-based toll collection on the Bajaj Finserv BBPS platform and the Bajaj Finserv App

The Bajaj Finserv BBPS platform and the Bajaj Finserv app are at the forefront of embracing this technological revolution. These platforms offer an integrated solution for managing GPS-based toll collections, allowing users to top up their accounts and view real-time toll transactions effortlessly. This digital approach not only simplifies the process of paying tolls but also provides traceability and ease to the users.

Benefits of using the Bajaj Finserv platform

Utilising the Bajaj Finserv platform for GPS-based toll payments comes with a multitude of benefits:

  • Convenience: Easy top-ups and account management from anywhere, at any time.
  • Transparency: Real-time tracking of toll payments and journey history.
  • Efficiency: Saves time by eliminating the need to stop or slow down at toll booths.
  • Cost-Effective: Potentially lower toll charges due to the precise calculation of distance travelled on toll roads.

However, it is important to note that a convenience fee of up to 2% will be levied on transactions made through the Bajaj Finserv BBPS platform or the Bajaj Finserv App, depending on the transaction amount and payment mode (inclusive of applicable taxes). This fee is a small price for the ease and efficiency of digital services.

To sum up, the GPS-based toll collection system heralds a new chapter in managing toll roads, promising unprecedented efficiency and convenience to drivers. With platforms like Bajaj Finserv leading the way in digital payment solutions, the future of road travel looks brighter and much more seamless.

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Frequently asked questions

Is FASTag GPS enabled?

No, FASTag uses RFID technology, not GPS. While FASTag facilitates electronic toll collection at toll plazas through RFID, the emerging GPS-based system will use satellite technology to track vehicle movements and calculate tolls.

Why was GPS-based toll collection introduced when FASTag was already in place?

GPS-based toll collection enhances toll collection efficiency by eliminating the need for vehicles to pause or slow down at toll plazas, thereby reducing travel time and traffic congestion. It represents an evolution in tolling technology, offering a more dynamic and usage-based approach compared to the static system employed by FASTag.

Which countries have GPS-based toll collection?

Several countries use GPS-based tolling, including Chile, Italy, Belarus, and parts of the United States.  This technology is becoming increasingly popular.

What are the advantages of GPS-based toll collection system?
  • Faster commutes: No toll booths, reducing traffic congestion.
  • Distance-based charging: Drivers pay per kilometer traveled, fairer for short trips.
  • Improved enforcement: Easier to track vehicles without FASTags (India).
How will a GPS toll work?
  • On-board unit or smartphone app tracks location via GPS.
  • System calculates distance traveled on toll roads.
  • Tolls automatically deducted from linked account.
What is satellite-based toll collection system in India?

This system is under development and pilot testing. It uses GPS/GAGAN (India's GPS augmentation system) for location tracking.

What is the name of the satellite GPS system in India?

India uses a combination of GPS (American) and GAGAN (India's GPS augmentation system) for improved accuracy. It's not a single, separate system.