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FASTags: Paytm Payments Bank becomes India's largest issuer of electronic toll payment stickers

On Tuesday, Paytm Payments Bank announced that it has become the largest issuer of FASTags in India.

According to zeebiz.com, Paytm Payments Bank is accelerating the highest adoption of electronic toll payments in India. The bank has equipped over 1.85 million vehicles with FASTags and is aiming for another 3 million before December 2019. Within a year, the bank has sold around 20 per cent of all FASTags issued in India and is actively expanding its reach.

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In a statement, Paytm Payments Bank said it sold 6 lakh tags in the month of November, and claimed that it has equipped over 1.85 million vehicles with FASTags. The National Electronic Toll Collection (NETC) programme, the flagship initiative of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, has been implemented on a pan-India basis in order to remove bottlenecks and ensure seamless movement of traffic and collection of user fee as per the notified rates, using passive radio frequency identification (RFID) technology.

As on December 3, 2019, a total of 82.55 lakh FASTags have been issued. Paytm Payments Bank said it has also partnered with automobile manufacturers such as Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai Motor India, Honda Cars India, Kia Motors India Pvt Ltd, MG Motor India and others to offer pre-fitted Paytm FASTags at the time of vehicle purchase itself.

"While over 250 camps have been set up at toll plazas, another 500 have been arranged in corporate offices, residential societies and parking lots in the top 20 cities, including Delhi-NCR, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Pune, Chennai and Jaipur," it added. PPB is further boosting the sale of FASTags by deploying 3,500 business correspondents in all major cities and towns, it said.

(Inputs from Agencies)