New Delhi, January 17: Ever since the implementation of FASTags, the average waiting time of vehicles at toll plazas have gone up by 29 percent. According to a Hindustan Times report, the main reason being not everyone has shifted to FASTags yet, and the data mainly highlights teething troubles in the digital payment method across national highways.

As per the data from the central toll plaza traffic monitoring system, the average waiting for a vehicle between November 15, 2019, and December 14, 2019, was 7 minutes and 44 seconds. This increased to 9 minutes and 57 seconds between December 15, 2019, and January 14, 2020. Paytm Becomes Largest Issuer of FASTags in India, Hits 3 Million Mark Till January 14, 2020.

The transport Ministry recently said that the electronic toll collection at highway plazas has increased by at least 60 percent.  Earlier on December 31, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways informed that over 1.15 crore FASTags have been issued so far and more than 1 lakh are being issued every day since the implementation of electronic toll collection from December 15. In addition to this, the daily worth of electronic toll collection also crossed Rs 52 crore with the transaction number crossing 30 lakh.

In another news, Paytm recently announced that it has become the largest issuer of FASTags in India and hit the three million mark till January 14. The online merchant now aims to add another two million customers to its count by March 2020, after issuing almost 40 percent of all the FASTags issued in the country in past one month.

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