Mangaluru: FASTag sticker scam - Government loses lacs of rupees


Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (MS)

Mangaluru, Jan 26: It has come to light that a big scam has taken place in the FASTag stickers that have been distributed through private banks and E-service centres. Heavy vehicles like truck are making the best of this as they are paying less amount than stipulated in the tollgates.

While the government is incurring huge revenue loss due to this scam, the truck owners are making profit as they are paying far less than what they are supposed to pay to the toll gate.

This issue is seen only in FASTag stickers that are issued by private entities. In Suratkal toll gate alone, in one week, it is recorded that more than 100 heavy vehicles have passed at a very low toll fee. Now the toll gates at Suratkal, Hejamady, Sastan, Brahmarakootlu and Talapady have joined their hands together and have blocked the FASTag of these heavy vehicles, who have flouted the rule. The tollgate personnel are asking the drivers of these vehicles to go to the bank and give proper information.

Due to this discrepancy, the companies who have taken toll collection contract have lost lac of rupees in one or two months period. After the contractors of toll gate brought this scam to the notice of NHAI, decision is taken to block these FASTag.

 

  

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  • Vijay, BENGALURU

    Mon, Jan 27 2020

    The very idea of asking deposit and minimum balance (250+150) respectively for issuing FasTag is in itself remains unexplained!!! FasTag is purely a pre-paid card and deposit + minimum balance maintenance for a pre-paid card is really authoritarian!!!

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  • LEELAVATHI, Udupi

    Mon, Jan 27 2020

    It's saving my time and mony spent on diesel in waiting at toll plaza...good initiative by bjp govt

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  • Ashish Amonkar, Bangalore/Singapore

    Mon, Jan 27 2020

    In Singapore, cars carry a huge road tax and other taxes. After that we still have a lot of toll roads, which if am correct is the same in other countries also. The Government has tried to improvise on the current “cash” system and is trying to move into digital payments for better accountability. It’s sad that we’re always trying to break it in India and then find ways to complain about it. I don’t think anyone will have the guts to do it out of India in any country of their current residence. My last trip to Bangalore, I saw longer queues in the Fastag lanes because none had money in the wallet 😄 How is the Government to be blamed for this?

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  • Mohammed aftab, Davanagere

    Mon, Jan 27 2020

    Worsted

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  • Sandy, Udupi

    Sun, Jan 26 2020

    The Surathkal highway and toll is a big con job. Good that they got paid back with their own coin

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  • Johnny, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 26 2020

    Hahaha. ..when the government fools people saying FASTag is "free" by keeping rs 350 from you! Naturally people will fool the government.

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  • Sanjay, Goa

    Tue, Jan 28 2020

    Money kept by issuing bank, is a security deposit. If you surrender your fastag, you will get refund

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  • Dinesh, Udupi

    Sun, Jan 26 2020

    Abolish collecting Toll on National and State highways. This is double taxation and loot. Vehicle owner has already paid 15 years life time road tax in advance while purchasing the vehicle. Also, why there is toll collection when the distance between Hejmady and Surathkal is bearly 12 kms. As per the rule the distance between the toll gates should be 60kms. Also the toll charges are not same in these toll gates..?
    The road from Surathkal toll gate towards Mangaluru also not good, having lot of potholes...?

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  • Sanjay, Panjim

    Tue, Jan 28 2020

    Lifetime road tax is collected. But like car dealers , who offer unlimited kilometer warranty for few years, then we have to pay. Tax is the same, but this is toll tax. Toll is collected by the companies who make new highways or redo old roads. But it is sad that sometimes the roads are horrible and we still have to pay. Paying also is not an issue. Problem is wastage of time at each toll. Eg. While traveling to Bangalore from belgaum there are 10-12 toll plazas. Even if it takes 5 mins 1 hour is lost. This is besides 100 kmph etc to zero and then starting again and repeapting again and again. So overall we are spending /wasting atleast 1 and half to 2 hours. Which is a big thing. So fastag is/was supposed to save some of this time. But since its compulsory for all vehicles, soon we will be back to square one. Sometimes their scanner does not work. Back to paying manually. Back to wasted time. There should be a simple way to pay this amount, without having toll plazas. Maybe prepay to travel from point A to B. After that if you need to go to point C, D... you pay at point B. Or something like that. There could be high quality cameras which track each and every vehicle, incase of fraud. Hope someone can even come with an idea to keep people, dogs, cattle, horses etc from crossing highways. Lot of lives, money and time is wasted in this too. Happy safe and pleasant day and driving

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  • Babajan, Margao Goa

    Sun, Jan 26 2020

    When the roads are not properly maintained then why should we pay toll, 2) when for one way ticket last for 12 hours these toll tax collectors, cheated the public by saying that it only lasts for one way,

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  • Tilak, Blore

    Sun, Jan 26 2020

    Nothing works out in india. we are one of the best in find out the loop holes of any system.

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  • Irsha, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 26 2020

    This is called modi govt.. Only magic no logic

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  • AM, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 26 2020

    Present Govt's all plans, schemes are qucikfix solutions. They implemented fastag to collect more tax from vehicle owners to level the budget deficit for road construction which is completely on a halt because of no funds. Govt do blunders and citizens has to bear one way or the other in the form new taxes or additons to or ongoing levies without getting any benefit.

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  • Rahiman, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 26 2020

    200.. deposit y shud v pay... We r paying a huge amount.. road tax ..then y again dep. Just imagine @200 * 1crore vehicles... (Minimum) imagine d amount collected.. isn't it just another scam like rafel deal...

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  • Anand R, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 26 2020

    Thanks to all the truck owners who taught a lesson to Suratkal 'Fool' Plaza

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  • Sachidananda Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Sun, Jan 26 2020

    Each & every time Govt tries to implement any system to streamline the loopholes…. our own people try to escape with new way of cheating it and then few sections our own society start blaming our own Govt…. So, what we want….. don’t fix the loopholes so that our illegal Income sources continues to flow like that???

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  • Saihu, Udupi/Dubai

    Sun, Jan 26 2020

    Shettre, The Central government lacks experience every field, let our finance ministers husband doesn't believe in her ability, thadi paar and entire political science graduate running the country to dogs by implementing CAA. End of the day people will fight hindu muslim with their blank bank accounts and no job. if no tolerance between the communities and government fuels the hatred India will go further downward and the Vikas who borned in 2014 is so weak and some point of time will dies his natural death. Make in India lion has i dont know its wherabouts and funny part is government is making campaign using its full machinery to make people understand whatis CAA even they dont know how to implement it.

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  • PenMightierThanTheSword!, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 26 2020

    Sachidananda Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai — thsi is the result of a corrupt, incompetent and inefficient government!

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  • Mangalorean, Doha

    Sun, Jan 26 2020

    When we don't bother to listen to intellectuals and qualified people around and be rigid, this is what happens.

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  • Raj, Putttur

    Sun, Jan 26 2020

    In India having just good intentions and progressive mindset is not good enough.

    Crookedness is in the blood and people will try to beat the system so that they get ahead even at the inconvenience for others in their society.

    It was seen in the implementation of demonetization, GST or even fastag.

    The political parties also look at what's good for them rather than the country they're supposed to serve, and start unnecessary demonstration and bundhs.

    What we need is a transformation at the individual level to do things that are good for the world were living in .

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  • Johnny, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 26 2020

    When govt tries to fool the public, the public are ready to fool the govt - tit for tat!!

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  • Neseef, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 26 2020

    FASTag ?? Our Government Itself Is The Big SCAM 😂

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Sun, Jan 26 2020

    Is it because banned ?

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Jan 26 2020

    Good Schemes Implemented by the Uneducated ...

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  • Ahmed K. C., Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 26 2020

    Fastag itself a cheating business.
    I got a fastag for my car from Axis bank paying Rs.400
    I have been told that Rs.200 is the charge and Rs.200 is the currency.
    I passed thru one tailgate Rs.35 deducted another tailgate Rs.50 got deducted.
    Balance was Rs.115.00
    On the way back, it supposed to be deducted Rs.30 and Rs.20 in both toogates.
    But, it didn't work. Staff told me that my car is blacklisted. Astonishing I asked why, he says there should a balance of minimum Rs.215.00
    Otherwise pay a full cash charge.
    Isn't it a bigger SCAM ?????

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  • Govinda, vitla

    Sun, Jan 26 2020

    no sir, you have not been cheated.

    first 200 is refundable security deposit.

    second 200 was in your wallet. but when it falls below 160, which is threshold limit, you had to top up. I am sure you got alert, to top up. blacklist happened because you failed to top up

    second point, all journey considered equal. no rebate for return journey at the moment. maybe they change in future

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  • P Shetty, Udupi

    Sun, Jan 26 2020

    i don't understand why people disagree with your comment. What is mentioned is correct, Rs 200 is for security deposit & balance Rs 200 is in wallet. I too have a FATag issued by Axis. Axis Bank charged me Rs 200 only for security deposit & I uploaded money separately for wallet

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  • Ahmed K. C., Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 26 2020

    Govinda,
    Thank you for explanation.
    Why should they hold 160 Rs as threshold + a deposit Rs 200 making a total of Rs.360 per vehicle????
    Can you imagine 1 crore vehicles multiply by 360 Rs
    Is whopping Rs. 360 Crores of public money.

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  • MP, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 26 2020

    Appreciate your knowledge and initiative to explain! Please could you explain the Indian GDP in similar way!

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  • Ashish, Kolkata

    Mon, Jan 27 2020

    Why don't you explain the GDP?Here we are discussing about fast tag.You are moving away from the topic.What is the security deposit for?Maintaining balance in Government Bank account.Security deposit is unreasonable.

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  • Neil Dsouza, Udupi/Dubai

    Sun, Jan 26 2020

    Dear Experts
    Please understand and read complete article before you start commenting.

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  • abdul munim, mangaluru

    Sun, Jan 26 2020

    I am just wondering is there anything left in this country that does not involve any scam or fraud.

    Earlier only government organizations and machinery was corrupt. Now even, private individuals are trying to con.

    This is due to the desperate situation of worst economy in the last 70 years, handled by the illiterate chai seller and pickle aunty.

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  • Mohit, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 26 2020

    This is a scam by FastTag Operator and not by truck drivers. This is the way Fastag company intend to loot the people. Ban them from taking any operations on toll collection in India.
    Jai Hind.

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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 26 2020

    Looks like our PM is himself half boiled, always made fun of the former PM Manmohan Singh. Whatever initiated by the present Govt. is a huge failure. Only talking big and criticizing to the maximum.

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  • Peter Saldanha, Udupi

    Sun, Jan 26 2020

    After implementation of Fast Tag , December Toll collection all over the country doubled the November collection. Also it saves time and Long cues.

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  • Shamsuddin, Dubai

    Sun, Jan 26 2020

    FASTag is yet another half boiled potato of current govt just like Demonetisation, GST or CAA...urgently implemented with blind bakath thinking..

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  • dinesh, Chennai

    Sun, Jan 26 2020

    If people find ways to cheat the system do you think it's a failure in implementing the system?

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Jan 26 2020

    New India ...

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