India hoax spreads like a fire in the forest and with the facility of modern
day technology spreading the hoax has become as simple as clicking a send/post
button on the social media. Not only a hoax spreads like an epidemic but people
also believe in them like they are the eternal truth further spread the message
among other communities and family members.
recent hoax talks about the exemption of the toll charges if the vehicle has
wait in line for more than 3 minutes. Many rejoiced on the news as Indian
highways are busy and 3 minutes is not much of a time limit dreaming that they
won’t have to pay the toll charges. However; their happiness was only short
lived as National Highways Authority of India clarified the situation saying
that no such rule exists.
Waiting time on toll plazas
waiting time on toll plazas due to congestion and long queues is not something
layman of India is not aware of.
Jindal, an advocate from Ludhiana, filed an RTI with the NHAI, which says that
if a waiting time in a queue exceeds the limit of 3 minutes then toll charges
shall be exempted.
original message says “ if the total
waiting time including the time spent in the queue surpasses 30 seconds, which
means delay and harassment suffered by the computers, what are the provisions
for compensation to be paid by your office to the commuter?”
of its replies the NHAI talked about the existence of the 3-minute rule. Below
is the screen-shot of the same reply:
report in TOI quoted Y Rajeev Reddy, former chief general manager of
NHAI-Karnataka as saying, “As per NHAI
rules, we should not collect toll from a vehicle which has been waiting in
queue at a toll plaza for more than three minutes”.
FACT CHECK : FAKE
the independent investigations, it was found that there are provisions which
talks about the maximum waiting time and a maximum number of vehicles parked in
a queue but none talks about the concession as evident from the image below:
evident, there is no such exemption of the fee rule and same was clarified by
the NHAI in the following message “there
is no specific exemption applicable relating to either time taken or distance
of queuing of vehicles at Plaza, as part of the transaction. As such, it is
clarified that there is no provision of exemption to User Fee in case time
taken for crossing the plaza is more than 3 minutes”.
“Ministry of Road Transport and Highways in
National Highways Fee (Determination of Rates and Collection) Amendment Rules
2010 dated 03.12.2010 has notified the list of vehicles exempted from payment
of User Fee,” says NHAI adding that there is no specific exemption for the
clarification is also available on the official website of the NHAI.
are supposed to provide the right information to the citizens but this bouncing
back and forth on its own rules by the NHAI has left everyone in the dilemma.