India’s Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways CP Joshi has launched the country’s first interoperable radio frequency identification device (RFID) in the Thane district of Maharashtra.

The Toll Plazas covered by the latest technology-based tolling systems include IRB Toll Plazas in Charoti, Bhagwada, Boriach and Choriyasi, NHAI Toll Plaza at Narmada Bridge, and L&T IDPL Toll Plaza at Karjan, Vadodara.

The electronic toll collection (ETC) system enables payment without the need for vehicles to stop for the toll collection, and also allows traffic monitoring.

"The electronic toll collection system enables payment without the need for vehicles to stop for the toll collection."

The system uses vehicles equipped with transponders or electronic tags, wireless communication, in-road / roadside sensors and a computerised system, to uniquely identify each vehicle, electronically collect toll, and provide general vehicle / traffic monitoring and data collection.

Travellers can create a pre-paid toll account and the RFID pre-paid tag is attached to a vehicle’s windscreen so that when it passes through a toll plaza the account is debited automatically.

Tags for the ETC system in Thane will be available at the kiosks located at the toll plazas at Mumbai-Vadodara section, as well as online at the ICICI Bank’s website.

The technology will enable automatic toll deductions, use of ETC lanes, faster movement of vehicles, along with instant SMS messaging and email updates on toll transactions.