RFID Based FASTag – Automatic Toll Paying in Mumbai | ETC | Etag 2022

Making travel easy in Mumbai city famous for its traffic, Automated FASTag (Also referred to as ETC / ETag), An ‘Electronic Toll Collection’ system are operational at 5 major toll Naka in Mumbai applicable for LMV (Light Motor Vehicles) only.

Separate ETC tag lanes can now be seen and the traffic movement seems comparatively faster than the lanes collecting toll charges via the old Manual ways.

Let us understand what FASTag is all about, How to get RFID on a car, What are the Monthly or Amount base tag charges for Single and Multi toll with its Validity..”

FASTag for Automated Toll Collection

Updates January 2022: FASTags keeps fluctuating its operations at major tolls like Dahisar Check Naka. Hope for a Smooth operation as it was made compulsory, Many have filled its wallet and don’t want it to go to waste.

Updates February 2021: After a long wait of about 1 year, FASTags are again operational at major entry exit toll Naka in Mumbai.

IMPORTANT !! ALERT !! : Beware of FAKE FASTag issued by fraudsters in the name of NHAI & IHMCL.

Updates January 2020 : Purchase New Fastag & Recharge, STEP-BY-STEP Guide.

IMPORTANT NOTE : Kindly note, MEP & FASTags are different. MEP is active at Mumbai Entry Toll Junctions & Sea Link. FASTag is getting compulsory as per news all over National Highways (But Yet Not Active at Mumbai Toll Junctions). I will update you soon about the same.

Understanding FASTag / ETC / Etag

Already famous in other developed countries, And now in India, It is a very simple solution for toll plazas. Till now the vehicles which crossed toll plazas use to stop and pay toll charges manually which took an average of 30 Seconds to 1 minute for each vehicle transaction and so were the adverse effect of long queues and traffic jams at major toll nakas in Mumbai, One of the famous of total 5 is Dahisar toll Naka on Western Express Highway.

We already covered the same here sometime back.

Toll Plaza

Who can apply for an ETC / FASTag?

For now only LMV (Light Motor Vehicles) like Cars, Jeep, etc can take benefit of this automation.

Who promotes and supports the ETC automation movement ?

  • MoRTH : Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
  • NHAI : National Highways Authority of India.
  • IHMCL : Indian Highways Management Company Limited.
  • NPCI : National Payments Corporation of India.

With FASTag operational in Mumbai, 1 or more dedicated ETag / Fastag / ETC written toll lanes can be seen for all those vehicles who have installed & activated the RFID tags on their vehicles. This RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) is a small plastic kind looking sticker that is stuck on the windshield from the Inside and is activated by authorities for the first time which is valid for the next 5 years.

Major benefits: Vehicles do not need to wait while crossing the toll plaza as the Radio Frequency reader will deduct the required amount automatically after reading the RFID tag on the car/vehicle. As soon one opt-in for ETags a virtual prepaid account is created (just like other Wallets) with the minimum recharge amount of Rs.500 (Various recharge options as detailed below) and is activated to travel hassle-free around India via the special lane that can be seen at more than 175 to 200+ FASTag / ETC active toll plazas around India.

Obviously, the benefits of automation can be seen in faster vehicle movement which indirectly saves waiting time and costly fuel. Upon successful transaction, SMS is received on the registered mobile as confirmation, Which also helps show the balance amount left.

It also saves from the mess of keeping change or doing all the needful manual currency transactions. As per rules, All the new vehicles registered from now (Since 1st December 2017) will compulsory have ETC tags. Now, let us know how to recharge RFID tags for your vehicles/cars.

FASTag is valid for 5 years and then as per rules process needs to be followed. I will try updating the validity information in detail as soon received it. So, once active just recharge online like any other top-ups we do regularly.

Important Facts & FAQ

Automatic Toll Collection
Automatic Toll Collection

1. Is it compulsory to get a FASTag for your vehicle ?

As per laws by the Ministry of Road Transport, All LMV vehicles should be compulsory to have ETC Tags on vehicles that are purchased, booking done, or moving out of the showroom to the customer on and after 1st December 2017. For all older registered vehicles prior to that date, it is not compulsory as of now, But possibly soon will be.

2. I have a fixed travel route in Mumbai via one particular toll plaza, Can I get my tag for the same ?

YES, RFID toll Tags have multiple recharge & purchase options and one of the options allows the limits of traveling via a single toll plaza as required.

3. Are this TAGs valid outside Mumbai ?

YES, the Same tag (if not for a particular toll plaza) is valid & works on all major National Highways. About 170 to 200+ toll booths are active with this Toll ETC TAG management software.

4. What are First time purchase charges ?

This might have changed (or may change) but as per my knowledge, Rs.200 is what they charge to start up and get your RFID active with the Tag Type recharge you choose. A day or 2 might be required to get the RFID tag activated.

5. What are the Documents Required ?

  • RC (Registration Certificate) of your LMV vehicle (Car, Jeep, etc).
  • Valid / Active Driving License.
  • Address IDs like Passport, Aadhaar.
  • Passport size photo of the Vehicle owner.
  • Keep Other Documents handy like PAN, Voter ID for convenience.
  • Keep all originals handy (Especially for Corporate Vehicles).

6. Can any other representative of the Owner do the needful or Owner needs to be present while purchasing?

With valid documents & Original copies of the same, A representative (Non-Owner) can do the needful. Although, This rule might change. Contact nearest toll plaza for same.

7. Can a Vehicle without FASTag enter the Dedicated ETC tag lanes ?

No, Only RFID active vehicles can enter the lane. If a Non-ETag vehicle is entered, Double the toll charge might be applied as a fine / penalty for that vehicle.

8. Will I need to take separate Tags for multiple vehicles owned by me ?
YES.

9. What to do if I lost my RFID Tag from Vehicle?
You can dial on particular bank customer care or contact a toll plaza, Deactivate the Lost TAG and apply for a new one. Once done, the old balance (if any) will be transferred to the new one.

10. For Complains, Public Grievance, Feedback etc whom to contact?
You can reach NHAI website and do the needful. Also get more of the latest information related toll plazas etc here.

11. Who started this FASTag toll service in Mumbai and Around India ?

IHMCL (Indian Highways Management Company Limited) started this ETC (Electronic Toll Collection) in India. For more details about same visit here.

Recharge FASTag Online

All major modes of payments like a Credit card, Debit card, Netbanking, Paytm, and Bank transfers via RTGS & NEFT are possible. Major Private and Government operated banks are authorized and have been partnered for recharge transactions in a secure way.

So where to apply ? or Who does the Recharge ?

Major toll plaza with already operational ETC FASTag will help you purchase your new tag, which will be valid for the next 5 years. For recharge, the best is to contact various authorized banks who also provide a new automated toll card (RFID tags) & help recharge as and when required Online.

Some of the banks with customer care toll free numbers are :

  • HDFC BANK : 18001201243
  • ICICI BANK : 18602100104
  • SBI BANK : 1800110018
  • AXIS Bank : 18001035577
  • SYNDICATE Bank : 18004250585
  • IDFC Bank : 18002669970
  • PAYTM Payments : 18001026480
  • EQUITAS Bank : 18004191996
  • PUNJAB NATIONAL Bank : 08067295310
  • KARUR VYSYA Bank : 18001021916

You can also do the needful recharge at MEPInfra website, Simple enter your Vehicle Number and if already active you can select you recharge (TAG Type) and do the needful payments online.

NOTE: Although updated, Request to visit the official list for more or fewer bank details.

ETC Fastag Toll Charges & Cost Chart

4 major things to know here are, Toll Naka which are RFID / ETag active, TAG Types (Monthly pass, Single Toll, Multi toll, Amount base, Journey base, and Prepaid tags), Recharge Amount, and Validity.

Do not get confused with all these terms, Below is the simple explanation and Cost Chart for same for 5 major entry exit point toll naka’s in Mumbai (Courtesy : mepinfra).

Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link (Worli Sealink Toll Plaza)
RFID Tag type Recharge Amount (INR / Rs) Validity
Monthly pass Rs.3500 Calendar Month
Amount Base Multiple of Rs.500 upto Rs.10000 No Validity
Journey based 100 Rs.5600 No Validity till change in fees rate
Journey based 50 Rs.3150 No Validity till change in fees rate
Dahisar Toll Naka
Single Toll Rs.1165 Valid only at Dahisar Toll Plaza for Calendar Month.
Multi Toll Rs.1400 Valid for All 5 entry point toll plazas in Mumbai for Calendar month
Prepaid Tag Multiple of Rs.500 upto Rs.10000 Validity do not apply.
Vashi Toll Plaza (Navi Mumbai)
Single Toll Rs.1165 Valid only at Vashi Toll Plaza for Calendar Month.
Multi Toll Rs.1400 Valid for All 5 entry point toll plazas in Mumbai for Calendar month
Prepaid Tag Multiple of Rs.500 upto Rs.10000 Validity do not apply.
Mulund LBS Marg Toll Plaza
Single Toll Rs.1165 Valid only at Mulund LBS Marg Toll naka for Calendar Month.
Multi Toll Rs.1400 Valid for All 5 entry point toll plazas in Mumbai for Calendar month
Prepaid Tag Multiple of Rs.500 upto Rs.10000 Validity do not apply.
Mulund Eastern Express Highway Marg Toll Plaza
Single Toll Rs.1165 Valid only at Mulund Eastern Express Highway Toll Plaza for Calendar Month.
Multi Toll Rs.1400 Valid for All 5 entry point toll plazas in Mumbai for Calendar month
Prepaid Tag Multiple of Rs.500 upto Rs.10000 Validity do not apply.
Airoli Highway Marg Toll Plaza (Navi Mumbai)
Single Toll Rs.1165 Valid only at Airoli Toll Plaza for Calendar Month.
Multi Toll Rs.1400 Valid for All 5 entry point toll plazas in Mumbai for Calender month
Prepaid Tag Multiple of Rs.500 upto Rs.10000 Validity do not apply.
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My love towards Mumbai city took me to passion blogging from hobby. Upon quitting job, now i am one of the online city & travel guide since 2007. Hope my efforts helps citizen, foreign nationals & tourists in some or other ways.

12 thoughts on “RFID Based FASTag – Automatic Toll Paying in Mumbai | ETC | Etag 2022

  • September 16, 2019 at 6:50 am
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    Mr. Jadav,
    Have you checked yourself if FasTag system works in Mumbai entry point toll Naka? I have fitted FasTag on my car but the toll staff in Vashi toll Naka told me they do not accept FasTag RFID sticker. They require ETC Tag which is different and accepted only on mepl toll points. So your article is misleading. It will be nice if one type of RFID card is acceptable in the whole country. Multiple RFID systems will defy the very purpose of electronic toll collection.

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    • September 17, 2019 at 9:22 am
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      Hello Mr.Sahu,

      As detailed on https://pib.gov.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=109724 , “FASTag”, the Brand name for ETC services on Highways. Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has decided to roll out Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) program in the country under the brand name “FASTag”.

      It is possible, Some toll nakas may or may not be using ETC system at entry exit point of Mumbai. Kindly refer the mepinfra link inside article which details list.

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    • November 25, 2019 at 1:31 pm
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      Today i tried to use ETC Fast TAG ON MUMBAI DAHISAR and also i gone in ETC tag lane,but when i told them i have fast tag on my car, the staff replied me that fast tag is not for mumbai and they told me you have to pay the toll.So now tell me what is the use of this ETC fast tag.

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    • December 5, 2019 at 9:19 am
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      Dear Jadhav
      Even i have witnessed this too at Vashi toll naka.

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  • September 16, 2019 at 7:36 am
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    My rfid teg recharge for trip basis please

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    • December 11, 2019 at 6:18 am
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      Thank you Rohan, YES they are different and a note has been added for same.

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  • November 24, 2019 at 11:10 pm
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    Hi,

    I have a question. I already have an etc tag which they give at worli sea link. Do I still need to put fast tag as well? If yes, won’t both of my tags be charged at the same time?

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  • December 10, 2019 at 3:05 am
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    Very misleading article. Please do not mislead people if you do not know. thank you

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  • January 4, 2020 at 4:07 am
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    very misleading. I have a fastag, went to sealink etc lane, not only they would not accept my fast at, they made me pay one way toll, and did not give a return! in effect, lost 35 rupees for that trip to the airport. FASTAG SEEMS TO BE A SCAM!

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  • January 30, 2020 at 11:00 am
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    if i have a fast tag card as well as the rajiv gandhi sealing card on my car, what happens if i use the etc lane of the sealing,. which card shall be debited?one or both?

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  • August 27, 2020 at 11:11 pm
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    Thank you very much for the invitation :). Best wishes.
    PS: How are you? I am from France :)

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  • October 4, 2020 at 11:15 am
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    ALMOST EVERY CITIZEN IN MUMBAI HAVING A CAR/SUV OR A FOUR WHEELER HAS PURCHASED FASTAG EXPECTING THE MINISTRY OF ROAD AND NATIONAL HIGHWAY HAS MADE IT COMPULSORY TO HAVE IT INSTALLED AND THE SAME CAN BE USED ON ALL THE TOLL NAKAS OF MUMBAI, AS THE CAR OWNERS IN MUMBAI ARE MOST OBEDIENT TO ALL GOVT CIRCULARS ESPECIALLY TO MR NITIN GADKARI BUT IT SEEMS EITHER THE ROAD MINISTRY HAS FOOLED THE PEOPLE TO COLLECT THE MONEY TO SUFFICE THEIR POLITICAL BUDGET OR ELSE THE MINISTRY HAS NO GUTS TO TAKE OVER THE TOLL MAFIAS OF MUMBAI WHICH OFFCOURSE IS DOMINATED BY THE PREVIOUS GOVT SUPPORTERS. THE PEOPLE IN MUMBAI ARE DEJECTED BY THE FOOLING BUSINESS OF MINISTRY OF ROAD TRANSPORT AND WAIT AND SEE WHEN THIS SAME MINISTRY COMES UP WITH SOME OTHER CIRCULARS HOW MUCH THEY WILL GET THE SUPPORT FROM MUMBAIKARS.

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