The government is working on an automated number plate identification system to decongest toll plazas and charge vehicle owners in a convenient manner. Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Monday that the government is running a pilot project for this, through which vehicles plying on toll highways will be charged on the basis of the exact distance.
He said at an event organized by the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) that the government wants to make India's public transport system based on electricity.
toll will be automatically deducted
Gadkari said, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is working on a pilot project of automatic number plate identification system for automatic toll collection without stopping the vehicles.
"With this new technology, we want to achieve two objectives - seamless movement of traffic at toll booths and pay-as-you-go," he said without elaborating. The average waiting time of vehicles at toll plazas during 2018-19 was eight minutes.
First reduced waiting time
With the introduction of FASTag, the average waiting time for vehicles has come down to 47 seconds during 2020-21 and 2021-22. However, there are still some delays at toll plazas during peak hours near cities and in densely populated areas.
Gadkari said that Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS) is being installed on all newly constructed National Highways and existing four plus lane National Highways for smooth and safe traffic. (with language input)
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