State Bank of India (SBI), the country’s largest bank, now offers a way to check your FASTag balance by text message.
Due to the FASTag’s use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to automatically withdraw toll payments from the registered savings account, drivers no longer need to keep physical currency on them while behind the wheel.
Placing a FASTag (RFID Tag) on a car’s windshield allows the owner to pay tolls automatically from the associated account.
Dear SBI FASTag Customer, send an SMS to 7208820019 from your registered mobile number to swiftly know your SBI FASTag balance,” SBI wrote in a tweet to its customers today.
Those who have their phone number on file with SBI can now use the SMS service to check the value of their SBI FASTag. To do so, simply compose an SMS message reading “FTBAL” for a single SBI FASTag, or “FTBAL Vehicle Number>” for a specific SBI FASTag (in the event that you have more than one), and send it to “7208820019” from your registered mobile number.
FASTag was implemented to benefit drivers but also to lessen congestion, save resources, and lessen emissions by eliminating the need for drivers to wait in long lines at toll booths to pay tolls in cash.
Starting on January 1, 2021, all class M and N vehicles with four wheels or more that are engaged in the transportation of goods or individuals must have a FASTag in accordance with regulations set under the Central Motor Vehicles Rules (CMVR) 1989 by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways.
As of 1 April 2021, according to amendments made under CMVR 1989 by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, FASTag will also be required when obtaining new third-party insurance.
To pay tolls using an SBI FASTag, users only need to recharge their SBI-registered mobile number, and they can apply for a FASTag at any PoS facility in the country.