Everything You Need to Know About FASTAg

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Everything You Need to Know About FASTAg
3 mins
25 September 2023

What is FASTag?

FASTag is a technological advancement in toll payment systems that have been adopted in India to minimise the hindrances faced by travellers while passing through toll booths. It is a reloadable tag that uses Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to make toll payments directly from the customer's prepaid account with Indian Highways Management Company Ltd. (IHMCL). Customer can recharge their FASTag account using the BBPS platform on Bajaj Finserv.

Digital technology that FASTag uses

The RFID technology is built into the tag that is installed on the front windshield of the vehicle. The FASTag reader scans the RFID tag as soon as the vehicle crosses the toll booth. The system then immediately deducts the toll amount from the linked prepaid account. The digital technology used by FASTag enhances the overall efficiency of the toll collection process while reducing the time spent in long queues.

How does FASTAg work

The FASTag is a simple, easy-to-use, and hassle-free payment method that eases your travel experience. To avail of this facility, all you need to do is purchase a FASTag, attach it to your front windshield, and load the tag with a minimum amount of Rs. 100. Once the tag is installed and linked to your bank account or digital wallet such as Bajaj Pay UPI, the payments can be made seamlessly. When you pass through the toll booth, the reader installed on the booth scans the barcode on the FASTag attached to your vehicle, and the payment is done automatically.

Benefits of using FASTag

FASTag has numerous benefits that make it an ultra-convenient toll payment method.

Reduced waiting times

No need to stop and pay cash at toll gates, leading to swift passage. One can avoid queues, thus enhancing the overall efficiency of road travel.

Transparency and accountability

Users receive instant SMS alerts for each FASTag transaction which ensures a clear record of toll payments.

Fuel consumption reduction

FASTag facilitates a smoother flow of traffic, reducing the overall fuel expended during journeys.

Environmental impact

Minimises traffic congestion for a greener and more eco-friendly toll payment option.

Economical option with cashback

Users can avail a 2.5% cashback on all FASTag transactions.

Why do you need FASTag?

FASTag has now become mandatory for all vehicles crossing through toll booths across national highways or state highways. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has made it mandatory for all new vehicles to have a FASTag installed. Moreover, the National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI) has integrated FASTag with various payment platforms, including digital wallets, cards, and Unified Payment Interfaces (UPIs). Customer can recharge their FASTag account hassle-free using the BBPS platform on Bajaj Finserv.

Can we pass without FASTag?

It is mandatory for all vehicles to have a FASTag installed while passing through toll booths. Failure to comply with the mandate can result in fines of up to twice the toll fare for that specific toll plaza. Moreover, any vehicle that does not have a FASTag installed is being charged at double the applicable toll rate starting February 15, 2021.


In conclusion, FASTag has revolutionised the toll payment system, making it an effortless and convenient payment method. The RFID technology used in FASTag has minimised waiting time and enabled seamless cashless payments. With the Government of India mandating the use of FASTag, this technology is becoming more popular day by day. At Bajaj Finserv, you can recharge your FASTag using the BBPS Platform on Bajaj Finserv for even more convenience. So, make sure to get your FASTag installed and avail yourself of the many benefits through this payment method.


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