On Friday, the Supreme Court refused to entertain a plea challenging the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways’ decision to make the FAST tag (an electronic toll collection system) compulsory for all vehicles.
The Bench of Hon’ble CJI SA Bobde, Hon’ble Justice AS Bopanna and Hon’ble Justice V Ramasubramanian. as the petitioner to approach the Delhi High Court before moving Apex Court.
Counsel for the petitioner argued that the petition would have countrywide ramifications, but the Court insisted that they want the Delhi High Court’s opinion.
In the plea, the petitioner prayed the quashing of notifications issued by the Centre mandating fitting of FAStags as a condition for the renewal of the vehicle’s fitness certificate and for getting third party insurance.
Counsel for the petitioner stated that the object of FASags was to the realisation of 100% toll fees and is in no way related to the requirement of fitness certificate and insurance; therefore, it should not be made mandatory.
It was further contended that FAStags are used to realise toll tax; there is no need to make it compulsory for cars driven in city limits.
Lastly, it was submitted that FASTags should be made compulsory only for vehicles that cross toll plaza on highways.
In the instant case, the prayer of the petitioner was that notification dated 02.11.2018 and 06.11.2020 wherein FASTags were mandated to get fitness certificate and for getting insurance.