Wednesday , July 17 2024

New toll system is likely to be implemented in the country anytime, know what will be the benefits and disadvantages?

Toll Collection System: GNAS-Global Navigation Satellite System for toll tax collection on India's vast road network is likely to be implemented anytime now. Once this system is implemented, trucks and passenger vehicles or commercial vehicles will be able to travel non-stop without any investment. Transporters say that after the new government came, discussions have started on implementing this new system. This navigation system is also known as Actual Virtual Tolling. This issue is also being discussed in the meeting of the National Highway Authority of India.

GNSS system will be used

A system is being implemented to allow vehicles to travel uninterrupted and deduct the toll tax paid by them using a system powered by the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). This will ensure that no truck or passenger vehicle has to stop to pay toll tax on national or state highways.

This system will only have virtual toll booths

The GNSS system is different from the current Fast Tag system. Fast Tag requires a toll booth for vehicle tracking. But GNSS will not require a toll booth. There will be virtual toll booths on the road. In fact, there will be no toll booth in physical form. This virtual toll booth will deduct toll from the vehicle based on the distance traveled on the road in proportion to its total toll tax.

Tax will be deducted on the basis of kilometres

In other words Rs. 100 toll tax on a 50 km road. Rs. 40 will be deducted. Rs. 100 full toll tax will not be deducted. Ahmedabad Vadodara Expressway has two exits Nadiad and Anand. Different toll tax is charged accordingly. The virtual tollbooth will charge only Rs. 5 toll tax from a five km road user.

Virtual registration required

But the danger is that even those drivers who have been travelling toll free till now are likely to be charged toll. Yes, for this a GNSS based system will have to be installed. Only if this system is in place can the virtual booth monitor it. As a result, there is a possibility that those who do not have GNSS based vehicles will not even get entry on that road. The virtual booth will measure the entire route from entry to exit and deduct the toll tax from the vehicle's account. For virtual registration, apart from the GNSS system, vehicle registration number and bank account details will also have to be given.

In this system vehicles do not have to stand in line

Fast tag still does not reduce queues on highways. Therefore, plans are underway to introduce this new system. The GNSS system will allow vehicles to pass without any investment. Initially, some lanes will be uploaded on the GNSS system. In the coming time, all lanes will be covered under GNSS.

There will be relief from the problem of traffic jam

It is estimated that the average time of stopping at the highway toll booth will be reduced from 714 seconds to just 47 seconds i.e. about 12 minutes. This will provide relief from the problem of traffic jam. Also, there will be no need to build additional lanes. No toll booth will be seen on the highway.

Will the new toll system be beneficial or harmful?

Mukesh Dave, president of the Akhil Gujarat Toll Transporters Association, says: 'The implementation of the GNSS system is likely to cause more harm than good. The toll road starts from Narol Char Road. Its first tollbooth is 25 km away at Kheda. Those driving between Narol and Kheda do not have to pay toll tax at present. But in the new system, toll tax will be levied on entering it. Currently, toll tax is charged only when you cross the tollbooth. Now in the new system, toll tax will be charged whether you enter or not the toll booth.

Another such route is the 50 km long road between Vasad and Khedani. People are now travelling on this road without toll tax. Now as soon as the driver steps on the road, toll tax will be levied on him. As per calculations from GPS, every time they come, the burden of toll tax will go and come on them. Now they do not cross the toll booth, so there is no toll. Now it will be charged.' There are 400 toll roads and 813 toll booths in India. Currently, toll tax is not charged between this road and the toll booth. Therefore, this area is now considered a toll free area. Now every person who steps on it will have to pay toll tax.