Getting stuck in a jam for hours, especially when you are late for a meeting, is nothing short of a nightmare. After managing your way out of the mess, you begin to feel relieved, until you realize that there is a long queue at the toll plaza. Thus begins, what seems like a long journey, of you checking the time, again and again, just to ascertain that you are, in fact, late for the meeting. All of this has changed because of a smart initiative by the National Highway Authority of India, which saves you from the hassle of waiting in queues.
NHAI introduced FASTag, an electronic toll collection system in India. FASTag is a reloadable tag that allows for an automatic deduction of toll charges. It helps you pass through a toll plaza without having to stop for a cash transaction. This tag can be obtained from toll plazas or a few banks. You will be asked to submit the registration certificate of the vehicle, a passport size photograph, an address, and identity proof.
The tag is prepaid, and you can recharge it online. The process is simple, but sometimes a customer faces issues with the transactions. To register such grievances and complaints, you will have the following ways at disposal.
Grievance settlement through banks
FASTag tags are issued by banks, and they act as the authorized authority to settle any dispute related to recharges or payments. The tag issuing banks have separate helplines that allow a user to register his/her complaint. The settlement of such transactions is done by NPCI (National payment corporation of India).
However, the complaints travel through banks to NPCI. The helpline numbers of these banks can be accessed on the website. To ensure hassle free complaint redressal, make it a point to keep all the communication related to the transactions (SMS) hand. Any dispute such as Double debit, Excess debit, Charges deducted for an exempted vehicle, can be registered by calling on these numbers.
Some important phones numbers to dial for assistance
Phone: 1800-120-4210 (PayTM)
Phone: 1800-419-8585 (Axis Bank)
Phone: 1800-266-9520 (Federal Bank)
Phone: 1800-120-1243 (HDFC Bank)
Phone: 1800-2100-104 (ICICI Bank)
Phone: 1860-266-6888 (Kotak Mahindra Bank)
Phone: 080-67295310 (Punjab National Bank)
Phone: 1800-11-0018 (State Bank of India)
Grievance settlement through portals
A more efficient way to register your grievances is through specialized portals. Banks who issue these tags have also developed web portals for the users. The users will be required to register their tag in the portal. The registration is OTP based and can be done in minutes. After successful registration, the user will be able to log in and view detailed information on his tag. From the current balance to the last ten transactions, all the information is readily available.
The user will also be able to locate a “dispute” option. The portal will prompt the user to enter the date of the transaction to access related records. Transaction dated to that particular day will then be displayed post which the user may raise the dispute. Most of these portals will allow the user to select any transaction from the list of transactions and raise a dispute specific to that transaction.