FASTag | ETC | RFID Etag For Automatic Toll Paying in Mumbai

Making travel easy in Mumbai city famous for its traffic, Automated FASTag (Also referred as ETC / ETag), An ‘Electronic Toll Collection’ system are operational at 5 major toll nakas 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 tolls charges via the old Manual ways. Let us understand what FASTag is all about, How to get RFID on car, What are the Monthly or Amount base tag charges for Single and Multi toll with its Validity..”

FASTag for Automated Toll Collection

NOTE : Kindly note, MEP & FASTags are different. MEP are active at Mumbai Entry Toll Junctions & Sea Link. FASTag is getting compulsory as per news all over National Highways. Will update soon about same.

Understanding FASTag / ETC / Etag


Already famous in other developed countries, And now in India, It is a very simple solutions 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 minutes 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 a ETC FASTag ?

For now only LMV (Light Motor Vehicles) like Cars, Jeep etc can take benefits of these 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. These RFID (Radio-Frequency IDentification) is a small plastic kind looking sticker which are sticked on windshield from Inside and are activated by authorities for first time which is valid for 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.

Naturally the benefits of automation can be seen by 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 showing balance amount left.

It also saves from the mess of keeping change or doing all the needful manual currency transaction. 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 / car.

FASTag is valid for 5 years and then as per rules process needs to be followed. I will try updating validity information in details as soon received. So, once active just recharge online like any other topups 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 Ministry of Road Transport, All LMV vehicles should compulsory have ETC Tags on vehicles which are purchased, booking done or moving out of showroom to 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 fix travel route in Mumbai via one particular toll plaza, Can i get my tag for same ?

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

3. Are this TAGs valid outside Mumbai ?

YES, Same tag (if not for particular toll plaza) is valid & works at 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 change (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 ID’s like Passport, Aadhaar.
Passport size photo of Vehicle owner.
Keep Other Documents handy like PAN, Voter’s ID for convenience.
Keep all originals handy (Especially for Corporate Vehicles)

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

With valid documents & Original copies of 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 Non ETag vehicle entered, Double the toll charge might be applied as fine / penalty for that vehicle.

8. Will i need to take separate Tags for multiple vehicle 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 toll plaza, Deactivate the Lost TAG and apply for new one. Once done, 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 services 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 Credit card, Debit card, Netbanking, PayTm, Bank Transfer via RTGS & NEFT are possible. Major Private and Government operated banks are authorized and 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 next 5 years. For recharge, best is to contact various authorized banks who also provide a new automated toll card (RFID tags) & helps 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 official list for more or less bank details.

ETC Fastag Toll Charges & Cost Chart

4 major things to know here which are : Toll nakas 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 typeRecharge Amount (INR / Rs)Validity
Monthly passRs.3500Calendar Month
Amount BaseMultiple of Rs.500 upto Rs.10000No Validity
Journey based 100Rs.5600No Validity till change in fees rate
Journey based 50Rs.3150No Validity till change in fees rate
Dahisar Toll Naka
Single TollRs.1165Valid only at Dahisar Toll Plaza for Calendar Month.
Multi TollRs.1400Valid for All 5 entry point toll plazas in Mumbai for Calendar month
Prepaid TagMultiple of Rs.500 upto Rs.10000Validity do not apply.
Vashi Toll Plaza (Navi Mumbai)
Single TollRs.1165Valid only at Vashi Toll Plaza for Calendar Month.
Multi TollRs.1400Valid for All 5 entry point toll plazas in Mumbai for Calendar month
Prepaid TagMultiple of Rs.500 upto Rs.10000Validity do not apply.
Mulund LBS Marg Toll Plaza
Single TollRs.1165Valid only at Mulund LBS Marg Toll naka for Calendar Month.
Multi TollRs.1400Valid for All 5 entry point toll plazas in Mumbai for Calendar month
Prepaid TagMultiple of Rs.500 upto Rs.10000Validity do not apply.
Mulund Eastern Express Highway Marg Toll Plaza
Single TollRs.1165Valid only at Mulund Eastern Express Highway Toll Plaza for Calendar Month.
Multi TollRs.1400Valid for All 5 entry point toll plazas in Mumbai for Calendar month
Prepaid TagMultiple of Rs.500 upto Rs.10000Validity do not apply.
Airoli Highway Marg Toll Plaza (Navi Mumbai)
Single TollRs.1165Valid only at Airoli Toll Plaza for Calendar Month.
Multi TollRs.1400Valid for All 5 entry point toll plazas in Mumbai for Calender month
Prepaid TagMultiple of Rs.500 upto Rs.10000Validity do not apply.

Deven Jadav

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.

8 thoughts on “FASTag | ETC | RFID Etag For Automatic Toll Paying in Mumbai

  • 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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