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A big FASTag scam surfaces, many FASTags blocked

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A fraudulent scheme has come into light pertaining to FASTags by the National Highways Authority of India. In the Dakshina Kannada district, some multi-axle vehicles (MAV) and light commercial vehicles (LCV) were found to be using FASTags that are supposed to be used by light motor vehicles.

Ever since FASTags have been made mandatory, this scam has been in effect, leading to toll booth contractors incurring huge losses.

Some of the MAV and LCV owners have been running this scam by obtaining FASTags for these vehicles by procuring documents of LMVs. The highest cases of this fraud have been reported at the Talapady, Sastan and Hejamady toll plazas. As per Shivaprasad Rai, toll manager (Talapady, Sastan and Hejamady), “When MAV and LCV vehicles are scanned at toll booths, operators do not check FASTag registration (like vehicle numbers and other details). Once the machine scans the vehicle, money is deducted and the toll gate opens automatically and allows vehicles to proceed.

During a thorough check, we found that some of the MAVs and LCVs are cheating toll booths using FASTag stickers meant for LMVs. The MAVs and LCVs have higher toll fee compared to LMV. We have reported such vehicles,”.

The FASTag stickers of these vehicles indulging in the scam have been blocked, and toll booth operators have been asked to stay more vigilant and report such cases immediately.

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