Giridhar Aramanesaid, “The government is working on a pilot project to charge GPS-based tolls. Once the system is introduced across the country, there will be no need for tolls.”
After Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari told Lok Sabhi today that toll collection on national highways based on the Global Positioning System (GPS) will replace physical toll booths within a year, the transport minister said a pilot is currently underway -project to study the system.
The findings of the pilot project will be known soon and the project will increase accordingly.
Developing a GPS-based toll collection project, Giridhar Aramane, secretary of the Ministry of Roads and Highways, said: “The government is working on a GPS-based toll pilot project. Once the system is introduced across the country, there will be no need for toll collection. ”
“The pilot project is being run on the Mumbai-Delhi National Highway. As part of the pilot project, 500 vehicles are equipped with GPS for satellite billing purposes. The pilot project is likely to be completed in a year, after which it will increase on the national highway network.” , Aramane added.
Aramane further said that the government will also launch a policy of installing GPS devices in all vehicles. However, it has not set a time frame for the subsequent installation of GPS on existing vehicles or the mandatory installation of GPS during production, as the ministry expects the results of the pilot project first.
From now on, all commercial passenger vehicles sold after 2019 are equipped with a GPS vehicle tracking system.
In addition to decongesting highways, the GPS-based system will also deduct tolls based on the portion of the highway used by the vehicle at the time of travel, instead of the current flat rate system, regardless of distance traveled.