India to implement GPS-based toll collection system
Part of: GS Prelims and GS – II – Policies and interventions & GS-III – Infrastructure
- According to Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, India will implement a GPS-based toll collection system and remove all toll booths within a year.
GPS-based toll collection system
- Toll collection will happen via GPS.
- The money will be collected based on GPS imaging of vehicles.
- 93% of the vehicles were paying toll using FASTag but the remaining 7% had still not adopted it despite paying double the toll.
Vehicle Scrapping Policy
- The policy was first announced in the Union Budget for 2021-22.
- The automobile industry in India will see a jump in turnover to ₹10 lakh crore from ₹4.5 lakh crore.
- The new policy provides for fitness tests after the completion of 20 years in the case of privately owned vehicles and 15 years in the case of commercial vehicles.
- Any vehicle that fails the fitness test or does not manage renewal of its registration certificate may be declared as an End of Life Vehicle.
- The policy will kick in for government vehicles from April 1, 2022.
- Mandatory fitness testing for heavy commercial vehicles will start from April 1, 2023.
- For all other categories of vehicles, including personal vehicles, it will start in phases from June 1, 2024.