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Government will analyze compliance and privacy issues before implementing GPS-based toll in NH | India News

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NEW DELHI: The government will need to address compliance and privacy issues before implementing GPS-based tolling on the National Highway (NH) network. The sources said the government is likely to take a legal opinion on the privacy concerns considering that all these vehicles will need to obtain the Vehicle Tracking System (VTS) devices, which can be used for real-time location.
Union roads minister Nitin Gadkari announced last week that the NHAI will adopt a GPS-based toll collection system that should make the country “toll free”.
In this system, the entire NH toll network will be geo-fenced to record the entry and exit of all commercial and passenger vehicles. This is essential to ensure that users pay for the exact kilometers they travel on a toll road. “It is the fairest toll philosophy based on pay-per-use. It is a free-flowing satellite-based electronic toll collection system using GPS and GPRS. ”
The GPS satellite navigation system, GPRS, is used to provide cellular-based data services. The sources said that several Indian companies can provide this toll system, as this technology has been used for at least 15 years and the government must ensure that the data is stored in India.
The app is one of the main drivers to bring this technology to the road and the government must ensure that users do not avoid paying the toll by disabling the GPS or VTS device. “The government needs to create an ecosystem for legitimate collection in such cases. For that, it will be necessary to install gantry-based Automatic License Plate Reader (ANPR) cameras at all entry and exit points. That would be an expensive proposition, ”said an industry source.
Currently, VTS has been made mandatory for all commercial passenger vehicles registered after January 2019. Sources said that tracking through VTS is very different from the current FASTag regime. The FASTag medium for toll payment is a low range reading system and can only track the vehicle within 10 meters of the location where a tag reader is placed.
How does the system work:
Each vehicle owner will be asked to create a separate wallet or the existing FAStag wallet can be linked to the unique ID of the VTS device. This wallet can be linked to bank account, UPI or any other account. Using the VTS, the system will exactly locate the vehicle using the GPS latitude and longitude coordinates. “It can calculate the kilometers traveled on any toll road and since the VTS has details of the vehicle class and axle configuration, the exact amount of the toll can be deducted from the wallet,” said an official.

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