Nitin Gadkari said that so far 1.4 crore FASTags have been issued and the government is further adding 1 lakh FASTags on a daily basis.
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Ever since FASTags have been made mandatory for vehicles in India to pay toll tax, there has been reports that FASTags have actually increased wait time of vehicles at plazas, rather than reducing it. Numbers from the central toll plaza traffic monitoring system suggest that waiting times for vehicles have actually gone up by 29%, even though FASTags accounted for more than 60% of the total toll collection.
Replying to a question by Sanjay Raut, MP, Shiv Sena in Rajya Sabya on whether the wait time at the toll plazas has increased after the implementation of FASTags, Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road, Transport and Highways has confirmed that the wait time has indeed increased at certain lanes of the toll plazas across country. Gadkari said that while the wait time of cars with FASTags has reduced significantly, the hybrid lanes, where both cash and FASTags are accepted are witnessing an increased wait time.