Automatic Number Plates: The central government is going to bring a new policy with the aim of reducing congestion near toll plazas.

Automatic Number Plates: The central government is going to bring a new policy with the aim of reducing congestion near the toll plazas. A proposal to implement GPS system in place of FASTAG is being considered. An automatic number plate recognition system is being worked on. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said that this system is being tested experimentally. He said that by this means the vehicle traffic near the toll plazas will be reduced and on the highways where toll is applicable, the toll amount can be paid according to the distance traveled. Due to this, there will be no need to wait at the toll gates.

Gadkari said that in 2018-19, the average waiting time for vehicles at toll plazas was 8 minutes. He said that although the waiting time has come down significantly, there is still heavy traffic at certain times in the densely populated areas. In this context, it was explained that an advanced traffic management system is being set up on the newly constructed national highways and on the existing 4-lane highways. He said that the number plate technology is going to be started soon. On the other hand, Gadkari revealed that with the already introduced FASTags, the toll income of the National Highways Authority of India has increased by 15 thousand crores per year. He said that the newly introduced automatic number plate reader camera technology will be useful to pay according to the distance used on the road.

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