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MoRTH about to roll out GPS-based toll collection on highways

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NEW DELHI : Toll collection procedures in India are expected to change as a result of Union Transport Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari‘s unique satellite-based approach that uses GPS and GNSS. Enriching the commuting experience on Indian roadways, this innovative method charges equipped vehicles according to the distance traveled.

“This will be the first time in the world that such a technology is being introduced,” said Nitin Gadkari, Union Transport Minister.

Indian Highways Management Company Limited (IHMCL), supported by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), has invited creative and capable companies to submit a global Expression of Interest (EOI) for the development and implementation of a GNSS-based Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) system in India. The goal of this initiative is to offer a seamless and barrier-free tolling experience on National Highways.

According to NHAI’s goal, the FASTag ecosystem will be integrated with the GNSS-based ETC system. At first, a hybrid model will be employed, in which GNSS-based ETC and RFID-based ETC will run concurrently. At toll plazas, there will be dedicated GNSS lanes that will permit free passage for cars with GNSS-based ETC.

All lanes at toll plazas will eventually be converted to GNSS lanes, significantly improving the effectiveness and convenience of toll collection on Indian highways, as the GNSS-based ETC system gains more traction and acceptance.

Everything About GPS-Based Toll Collection

Even with FASTag, paying the toll was traditionally done at toll plazas, which required labour and resulted in traffic congestion. Utilising tracking devices in vehicles and satellites to gauge the distance traveled, the GPS-based toll collection system calculates appropriate tolls. The GPS-based toll collecting system calculates tolls based on distance driven using tracking devices in automobiles and satellites to monitor journey time. This saves commuters time and does away with the necessity for toll plazas.

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