The government made FASTags mandatory from February 15th and is now trying to make GPS mandatory for all cars. Minister of Roads and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, said during Lok Sabha Question Hour, “I want to assure the House that all physical toll booths in the country will be removed within a year. This means that the toll is collected via GPS. The money is raised based on GPS imaging. ” Also Read – Apple iPhone 12 Probably Supports BeiDou Navigation System
When the government makes GPS tracking mandatory for cars, it is helping to get rid of all toll booths. This is done with the help of GPS-based FASTags, which are built into all new vehicles. The government has announced that it will provide free GPS-based FASTags to all old vehicle owners. Aside from toll booth removal, GPS-based FASTags also allow the government to monitor all cars on Indian roads in real time. Also read – FASTag is now free until February 29th. NHAI rejects the fees for 15 days
It is currently unknown how the government plans to use GPS tracking. This can be done with low power consumption GPS tags installed in FASTags that are detected by sensors or with the help of an approved GPS module built into the car. Whichever route the government chooses, it will be an expensive ordeal given the cost of GPS modules. Also Read – Google Pay Adds UPAST Top Up Option For FASTag Users: How To Link Your Account And Top Up
Gadkari has said the reason for GPS tracking is because there are multiple cases of toll theft and GST evasion when FASTags are not installed in vehicles. With the introduction of GPS trackers in four-wheelers, the government can track all defaulters. Currently, around 7 percent of people have not implemented the FASTag system and continue to pay double the toll.
The plans for the GPS-based toll system were drawn up by Gadkari in response to a question from a BSP MP Danish Ali, who said that the toll booths at Ganamukteshwar in the Hapur district are 40km apart, while the norm for toll booth intervals is national applies highways are 60 km. Gadkari responded by saying, “I know that there are too many toll booths in some places. It’s wrong and unfair. We decided to get rid of them. “
While many cars currently have factory-installed GPS modules installed, no real-time data is shared with the government. In some cases, however, government agencies may request GPS service providers to access data for special cases.