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Sunday, 19 June 2016

National Highway toll plazas to rename as 'fee plazas'

Now all the toll plazas on national highways (NH) will be known as "fee plazas". The road transport ministry has replaced the term "toll" with "fee" in its dictionary through a recent notification. 

The changes have been made in the NH Fee (Determination of Rates and Collection) Rules 2008 and it has become effective from June 8. 

"Now we will have to change the writing on boards and at all plazas. It's a good decision since toll is referred to as a tax while those highways pay the user fee," said an NHAI official. 

As per the notification, any building, structure or booth made for collection of fee will be now known as "fee plaza". 

The notification also mentions the need to demarcate a lane at each such plaza for smooth passage of vehicles fitted with the electronic tags named Fastag. These lanes will be known as "FASTag lane of fee plaza" and these will be exclusive lanes. 

Providing relief to vehicles used by the physically challenged persons, the notification also has given them exemption from paying any user fee throughout the NH network. Recently , NHAI had issued a circular to all the operators of "fee plazas" to ensure that their employees wear uniform and cap, and they must be well mannered. 

Source : The Economic Times , 16th June 2016 

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