New Delhi: Central government plans to do away with toll booths across the country and collect tolls from vehicles through GPS.
km for vehicles plying on national highways. The account is charged with customs duties across the country. Toll booths were initially charged in cash. Due to this, the vehicles had to wait for a long time.
To solve this problem, the Central Government introduced the ‘Passtag’ system. After that, the long waiting time of vehicles at customs booths was reduced.
The Central Road Transport Ministry has been studying for a long time to fix that too, as the Passtag system has not been fully exploited. As a result of this, it is currently planning to collect toll fees for vehicles through satellite. This system will also eliminate the need for passag and toll booths. Therefore, the Central Road Transport Department has decided to implement the GPS scheme by removing toll booths across the country.
In response to a question raised by a member of the Rajya Sabha 2 days ago, Central Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said, “It has been decided to carry out toll collection through modern technology.” In this manner, no one can steal customs duty collection. At the same time, there is no escape from the imposition of fees. He said that the law will be amended and will be implemented in the next 6 months.
Currently, vehicles plying on national highways, political parties and officials are also involved in the problem by refusing to pay tolls at toll booths. And there is no way to punish those who engage in confrontations at toll booths and do not pay tolls. All these are expected to be the solution to charging through GPS.
Toll charges are mainly based on the distance of the roads traveled by the vehicles. Thus, if the vehicle owners reach their destination midway without going from one toll booth to the next toll booth, they will be charged according to the distance traveled. This will reduce fares for those traveling in vehicles.
Currently, all vehicles in the country are going to have their ‘number plates’ replaced with electronic technology to adapt to this GPS system. Only when this task is completed, customs toll collection through GPS will be possible. Only 67 percent of people across the country pay their tolls on PASSACT. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said in the Rajya Sabha that about Rs.120 crore is being collected daily. It is worth noting that the cash collection is more than that without passtake.