The first radio frequency identification device (RFID) technology-based electronic toll plaza in the country at Chandimandir was dedicated to the public on Thursday. While the toll plaza and the Pinjore-Parwanoo bypass was thrown open for public on April 6 following directions by the Punjab and Haryana High Court,the formal inauguration took place on Thursday.
As per the technology,a stamp-sized RFID tag would be installed on the windscreen of the car. RFID readers would be present at the toll plaza on all the lanes. The RFID tag would be given along with the prepaid smart card that is being provided to those taking monthly passes which are valid for 30 return trips. When a vehicle passes through the toll plaza,the trip would be counted.
Smart cards work like ATM cards wherein the commuters have to stop at the toll plaza and hand it over to the attendant. The use of RFID would enable a commuter to pass without having to stop. The smart cards would act as a back-up in case RFID gets damaged due to the windscreen being broken or if the device is tampered with.
While the toll plaza at Chandimandir is the first of its kind to be inaugurated,another one on the Agra-Jaipur Expressway equipped with RFID technology is likely to be made operational next. At present,while smart tags are present at some toll plazas,including the one at Gurgaon,these are not equipped with RFID technology. This would gradually be introduced at the other toll plazas across the country. Thereafter,commuters would be able to cross any toll plaza without having to stop at every place to pay.
While dedicating the four-laned Zirakpur-Parwanoo section of National Highway-5 to the public,Union Road Transport and Highways Minister C P Joshi said UIDAI chairman Nandan Nilekani had recommended that commuters be provided with adequate facilities as user charges were being taken from them.
The highways in the country would be provided with RFID technology. It would help users to make payments without having to stop at toll plazas and reduce traffic congestion. Toll statements can also be made available to the users and they do not have to stop for taking receipts, Joshi said.
The smart card and the RFID tag would be for a particular vehicle,and commuters would not be able to use the same smart card for another vehicle.