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GPS based toll collection will replace toll plazas, reducing congestion on highways

The government is gearing up to revolutionise the toll collection system on national highways with the introduction of a GPS-based mechanism, a move aimed at streamlining traffic flow and ensuring more accurate charges for motorists based on their traveled distance.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari announced the forthcoming tender for the implementation of this advanced toll collection system, citing the success of pilot projects conducted by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH). These projects have demonstrated the feasibility and efficacy of the GPS-based toll system, paving the way for its nationwide adoption.

The proposed system seeks to replace traditional toll plazas with a more efficient and seamless process, thereby reducing traffic congestion on highways. By leveraging GPS technology, motorists will be billed based on the exact distance they travel, offering a fairer and more precise method of toll collection.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has already undertaken pilot projects involving automatic number plate recognition systems, which enable automated toll collection without the need for vehicles to stop. This technological advancement has significantly reduced average waiting times at toll plazas, enhancing overall efficiency and convenience for road users.

Acknowledging the need for further improvement, Gadkari highlighted the appointment of a consultant tasked with overseeing the implementation of the GPS-based toll collection system.

While significant progress has been made in reducing waiting times at toll plazas, specially with the widespread adoption of FASTags in recent years, challenges persist, particularly during peak hours and in densely populated areas. Most of the times, due to low balance in some cars, the queue grows longer, causing inconvenience for the highway users.

This tech is in use across many countries and works seamlessly without having to setup a toll plaza. How do you like the idea of new GPS-based toll collection? Let us know in the comments section below.