No more waiting at highway toll plazas!

Toll plaza

People travelling from national highways often face the issue of congestion at toll plazas. Sometimes it takes up to an hour to pass from a toll booth due to heavy traffic. Well, you can now soon keep driving without stopping at the national highways (NHs) as the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) plans unveil a mobile app that will have multiple options for commuters to paying user charges on NHs including mobile phones linked to prepaid wallets, credit cards or bank accounts.

The app will ensure that the amount is automatically dedicated from the bank accounts of commuters, and will allow seamless travel through toll plazas. Commuters will need to download the app and provide all vehicle details, which will be verified from Vahan, the national vehicle database.

As of now, NHAI has selected five vital stretches for implementing the innovation, including the Delhi-Mumbai and the Bengaluru-Chennai stretch.

How to pay

As per the reports from NHAI, there are two ways to pay the bill. One way is to make a pre-paid transaction for all toll plazas on the way, before commencing on the journey. When the vehicle reaches a plaza, the system will generate a QR code, which you can scan to cross the toll plaza. The deduction will be made from the prepaid wallet, through the app.

The second way is to link the app with the Unified Payment Interface (UPI), to pay the toll directly from your bank account. For this, two different types of technologies —a mobile-based Wi-Fi/Bluetooth and mobile-based ultrasound technology—are being tested and will be used to make such a payment.

When the vehicle reaches the toll plaza, the system identifies the toll lane, toll amount and vehicle category—thus enabling the money to be deducted from your bank account, through the UPI gateway.