The National Highways Authority (NHA) and Frontier Works Organization (FWO) signed an agreement regarding the installation of the E-toll Collection System on motorways. The member finance from NHA, Muhammad Azhar, and Director IT from FWO, Brig Asif Siddique (Rtd), signed the agreement.
Installation of Electronic Toll Plazas to ensure accurate data collection
While addressing an agreement signing ceremony between the National Highway Authority (NHA) and the Frontier Works Organization (FWO) for the installation of e-tolling on motorways, the Federal Minister for Communications and Postal Services, Asad Mahmood, said that the e-tolling system would help collect accurate data related to toll tax collection, ultimately facilitating people with non-stop traveling. The minister further added that the goal of this fiber connectivity is to use electronic toll collection rather than manual toll payment in order to acquire reliable data regarding toll revenue. Moreover, the e-tolling collection system would ensure a smooth flow of traffic to save time and promote trade activities.
Talking about the details of the project, Mahmood said; “The duration of this agreement for the collection of motorway toll tax through an electronic system is seven years, which can be extended for another 3 years. The tolling system includes the installation of modern machinery, operational and management services, and other related services.” The minister ensured that the electronic toll system would be gradually extended to the national highways of the country.
What is E-toll Collection System?
Under the system, electronic readers installed at the toll plazas, capture details of all incoming vehicles from an RFID chip placed on the windscreen of the car, which allows the vehicle drivers to pass the toll tax booths without stopping at the toll booths and the toll amount is deducted from the rechargeable RFID card. The electronic method is very convenient for drivers because they can continue going without delays at the entry point of the toll motorway. So, the overall effect of air pollution, as well as journey time, may be diminished. Furthermore, it also reduces human interaction thereby shrinking the chances of human mistakes, and enhancing the effectiveness of collecting fees.