No toll tax if someone returns within 12 hours. The government debunks this false viral message


A social media post claiming that people traveling on national highways will now no longer have to pay toll tax if the return journey is made within 12 hours and attributing it to the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways of India, Nitin Gadkari.

The fact-checking service of the Press Information Bureau (PIB) clarified that no such order has been issued by the government and that the viral message about the relaxation of the great tax is indeed fake.

On its Twitter account, the GDP Fact Check team tweeted: “A social media post falsely claims that you won’t have to pay toll tax on the return trip if you can return within 12 hours during your journey in accordance with the Union order. Minister Nitin Gadkari,” when translated loosely into English from Hindi.

The Government notified the National Road Charges (Determination of Fares and Collection) Rules 2008 on 5 December 2008, and the said Rules, as amended from time to time, are applicable for the determination of user charges for all projects financed by public and private funds. funded projects where the agreement and contracts were executed and tenders issued on or after December 5, 2008. (collection of charges by any person for the use of the 1997 rules on sections of trunk roads/permanent bridges/temporary bridges on trunk roads); and the National Roads (Charge Rates) Rules 1997 and related contractual agreement.

The user charge on a section of national road is levied in accordance with the individual notification published in the Official Gazette by the central government.

Under the National Road Charges Rules 2008, there is no such provision for the exemption of those residing within a certain radius of the square from user charges.

However, the possibility of a monthly subscription at the rate of 315 per month for the financial year 2022-23 for unlimited journeys although an esplanade is available for a person owning a vehicle registered for non-commercial purposes and residing within 20 kilometers of the esplanade in accordance with the national charge on the Motorways (Rate Determination and Collection) Rules, 2008, provided that a service route or alternative route is not available. In addition, this provision is not applicable in the event of a closed system for collecting usage rights.

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