FASTag payments options were launched earlier in 2017 to facilitate toll payments for vehicles owners directly from their bank accounts without wasting any time. Additionally, FASTag is also meant to keep track records of users payments.
In India, online payment apps such as PayTM is also offering FASTag services to its users to link and connect their account for seamless payments at toll plazas across the country. PayTM is providing FASTag services for small vehicles owners including car, jeep, and van that comes under class 4 vehicles through Unified Payments Interface (UPI).
Followingly, Google Pay India has also launched FASTag services in its Android and iOS apps and will now support FASTag accounts via UPI payment facility. Google Pay has backed FASTag accounts option in its ‘Bill Payments’ section inside the app.
Users have to connect their following bank account that has issued FASTag and can use this FASTag account for recharge and track payments. The ultimate aim of this FASTag service is to reduce heavy traffic lines on toll plazas that were very usual on National Highways.
Inside the Google Pay app, users will have to enter the registration number of their vehicle and fill out some other details to start using FASTag services. After completing the setup, users will now be able to recharge their FASTag account for the maximum limit available, and all the specifics of the report, the number left in FASTag, and other helpful links will be included in the device.
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While Google Pay has now added support for FASTag, other peers, such as Paytm, also provide sales of the FASTag chip to their users via their apps. After the government-mandated it, FASTag chips have been put on sale by almost all vendors, including banks, digital payments services, and offline retailers.
Essentially, FASTag is a digital toll collection tool that is attached to the windshield of a car or a truck. It used the Radio Frequency Identification Technology (RFID) to enable contactless payments when vehicles zip through toll plazas across highways in the country. These devices are linked to the owner’s bank account, which is used for instant payments. Additionally, digital payments accounts can also be linked as a prepaid method for FASTag payments.
In 2017, the Indian government imposed that all cards sold after December 2017 should be linked with FASTag option for toll payments. Earlier, this FASTag option was mainly used by heavy vehicles owners to pay at different toll plazas seamlessly. Further, it also helped these vehicle owners to keep track of their payments.
The Indian government also set a deadline of January 15, 2020, by which the implementation of FASTag across the country should be completed. Besides, the FASTag services also provided for free to the consumers without any charge. There’s only one aspect which has to be maintained by users, and that is the minimum account balance for using FASTag services.
Check which bank accounts you can add to Google Pay FASTag services. Also, find the steps to link your bank to FASTag and how to make payments through it.
– by Google Support
How to connect your bank to your FASTag account?
- Open Google Pay
- Tap New
- Under ‘Suggested businesses’, tap More. If FASTag isn’t listed, tap More again
- Tap FASTag >> Get started
- Enter your account information. This issuer bank is the bank that issued your FASTag. You can find the bank name on your FASTag sticker
- Tap Next >> Review the account information and tap Link account
How to send payment to your FASTag account?
- Open Google Pay
- From the bottom of your screen, swipe up
- Tap FASTag >> Make payment
- Choose the FASTag account that you want to send money
- Enter the amount
- To confirm, tap the tick mark