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Automobile slowdown: Number of vehicles crossing toll gates slowing

While traffic and toll collection will take a hit in FY20, toll rates may not rise much in FY21 owing to a lower wholesale price index (WPI)

The National Highways Authority of India introduced FASTags that uses radio frequency identification technology and allows cars to pass tolls without stopping for payment
Experts say passenger vehicles are holding up the growth trend for toll and traffic

The number of vehicles crossing India’s highway toll gates is slowing in tandem with diminishing automobile sales. Industry executives and experts have suggested growth in traffic and toll collection seen in the past few years has now hit the buffers. While traffic and toll collection will take a hit in FY20, toll rates may not rise much in FY21 owing to a lower wholesale price index (WPI). “Secular growth in traffic witnessed in the past few years has been affected due to the economic slowdown,” said K P Maheshwari, chief executive officer, Adani ...