The toll plazas by themselves are significant sources of income for NHAI. As per an ICRA report, the quantum of toll collected from over 570 toll plazas across India in FY2019 was Rs 24,396 cr. On a daily average, that touches Rs 66.84 cr per day, and it’s estimated to increase at a rate of 3 per cent soon. But all that money in the pocket of the government was weighing heavily on the transport industry that was facing losses upwards of Rs 60,000 cr a year, due to slow truck speed on highways and more importantly, delays at toll plazas. Making the FASTags mandatory seems to be the government’s solution to this problem.