M-Tag now compulsory for commercial vehicles to travel on motorways


In terms of road infrastructure here in Pakistan, our country lacks behind by a huge margin. Our over-all road infrastructure is not well developed except a few roads, including Karakoram highway, Makran Highway, Motorways M1-M14 (not all are operational/completed) and many more. Motorways are one of the best roads in Pakistan linking multiple cities and provide safe and secure driving environment.

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Over the past few years there have been many projects by the motorway authority to help facilitate people like E-Tag, speed cameras, proper motorway patrolling, separate motorway license, a radio channel, a 24/7 helpline and much more. Their latest project is the introduction of M-Tag.

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So, what is M-Tag?

Regular motorway users already know about E-Tag facility that provided ease to frequent users of motorways. Separate E-Tag lanes were introduced and an RFID sticker was issued which was detected at the toll booth and the lane was opened for the cars. Previously E-tag was controlled by Nadra.

Now, E-Tag has been discontinued and replaced by the new M-Tag and will now be compulsory for the entry of any commercial vehicle on the motorways effective from 31st March 2018. We reached out to FWO and M-Tag and we were told that for now this only applies to commercial vehicles but at the later stages, privately owned vehicles will also be asked to get the m-tags.

Like e-tag, m-tag is a pre-paid RFID chip that is read by the scanners installed at the toll booths. The scanner reads the balance you have loaded in your m-tag and the location of the entry, and when you take an exit, the scanner on that booth deducts the appropriate amount.

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Saad Ikram

Petrol head by a young age. My passion and obsession with cars began with the release of the Fast and Furious franchise. I love reading and writing about anything related to cars. Currently doing bachelors in computer science from FAST.

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