Vehicles will be fitted with new number plates: Nitin Gadkari


New Delhi: Back in March, Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari had said that there should be no toll plazas within 60 km of national highways. He said he would see to it if it was implemented within three months.

Fast forward to August, Nitin Gadkari announced that all old vehicles will be given new number plates before tolls are abolished in the country. These new license plates are the first step in the elimination of toll plazas.

These new license plates can be tracked directly via satellite using GPS and a sophisticated system. “Since 2019, they have started using tamper-proof High Security Number Plates (HSRP) for new vehicles, where government departments can get all the information about the vehicles.”

“We have now decided to label the old vehicles as well.” “Currently, full tolls must also be paid at toll booths 60 km apart. Now if you drive just 30 km on the highway, with the new technology you only have to pay half that.”

The transport minister also said that the Center is working to rid the country of toll plazas soon, although the initiative is still in the planning stage.

He said: “They don’t stop the vehicles, so there will be less pollution and it will save time. With the new technology, money can be withdrawn directly from the drivers’ bank accounts. Around 97% of vehicles in India already have speed tags. India’s road infrastructure would be at par with that of the US ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

The abolition of toll booths does not mean that there is no need to pay motorway tax. This means that this new system will deduct it from your account more efficiently. This system is already used in many countries around the world, where the toll is deducted directly from the cameras placed on the highways.

These cameras detect the car’s license plate number. This is directly linked to the car owner’s bank account. All this happens without any problem, without the car having to stop, so the road is free of obstacles and traffic.

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