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No More Speed Breakers on Highways orders: Govt

The central government on Tuesday launched a special drive to eliminate all speed surges on national highways to secure hassle-free traffic flow, especially on toll courts. The government has been exerted this choice after implementation of FASTag, an electronic toll collection system, from December 15, 2019, to provide commotion-free movement on highways.

“With the effective implementation of FASTag on toll plazas and growth of cash toll lanes to FASTag lanes, the speed breakers/ rumble strips created at toll plazas are being dismissed with instant result for smooth vehicular movement,” Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said on Tuesday.

The speed breakers result in substantial obstruction, loss to the vehicles and notable embarrassment to vehicle renters and more fuel consumption due to dispatch and deceleration. “This action will save time, bucks and help smooth vehicular flow especially to ambulances, elderly and unwell people driving on national highways,” the road ministry announced.

Roads of different categories and under different situations are designed for designated speeds at which vehicles can travel with convenience and safety. At certain locations, control of speed becomes necessary to promote orderly traffic movement and improved safety.

  • Considering the fact that national highways are designed to cater to high-speed traffic without any hindrance, the drive to remove speed breakers from national highways under the jurisdiction of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), the road ministry said.
  • AST, each of which has a unique identification number, stores data such as vehicle registration and class of vehicle, which helps in arriving at the exact toll to be charged. They have encrypted vehicle data such as engines and chassis numbers. They are also allowed to store other vehicle compliance-related data, including those associated with emissions or pollution and insurance.
  • Earlier the implementation deadline for FASTags was extended to December 15 before December 1. Action is being taken under the National Electronic Toll Collection Program (NETC) to save fuel, time and pollution and to ensure smooth movement of traffic. According to the government, all fee plazas have been equipped with an electronic toll collection system.
  • Now the report… the government has relaxed the rule to provide convenience to the people, saying that at least 75 per cent of the streets on the toll plaza should use electronic toll collection FASTag.
  • In order to prevent inconvenience to the citizens, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has said that up to 25 per cent of Festag lanes on the National Highway toll plaza can be considered as hybrid lanes for a month, meaning that they will be up to January 15 Will pay off the loan, and people still have time to buy FASTag.

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