Pay for 12 Hours at Toll Booth and Save Money: Fact Check


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Pay for 12 Hours at Toll Booth and Save Money:

It says, “Whenever you pay toll at a tollbooth, they ask u whether you wish to pay for one side or 2 sides (going and coming back).

Tell them that you wish to pay for 12 hours. *If you come back within 12 hours, there is no toll.* The ticket stamps the time as well.

The toll administration(s) makes lakhs of rupees by cheating the citizens due to lack of awareness of this rule. Please educate and inform others.

-Nitin Gadkari
Indian Government.

Other Versions

1. When u pay toll at booth, they ask u single/return. Say u wish to pay for 12 hours. If you come back in 12 hours, there is no toll. There is a time stamp.
Citizen being cheated due to lack of awareness of this rule.

N Gadkari

2. (Hindi)

टोल प्लाजा पर पर्ची कटवाते समय खिड़की पर बैठा कर्मचारी पूछता है कि एक साइड की पर्ची दूं या दोनों साइड की, तो आप उन्हें कहें कि सिंगल या डबल की जगह 12 घंटे की पर्ची दो। अगर आप 12 घंटे में वापस आ सकते हैं तो आपका कोई टोल नहीं लगेगा। पर्ची पर भी समय लिखा होता है…

निवेदक: नितिन गडकरी

Fact Check:

The message in question is doing rounds on social media sites, in various versions and languages. It tells the people traveling on National Highways of India to Pay for 12 Hours at Toll Booth and Save Money. The alleged announcement from Indian Government official Nitin Gadkari says if you come back within 12 hours, there is no toll. The message also goes on to say toll administration(s) gain lakhs of rupees cheating the citizens unaware of this rule. Despite the claims, the message is not true and is explained below.

Pay for 12 Hours at Toll Booth?

People traveling on the national highways of India usually pay the toll tax depending on their journey, whether it is one way or two way (return). National Highways Authority of India levies the toll tax amount based on the journey. The message in question appears online as a new rule on toll tax announced by Nitin Gadkari, the Minister of Road Transport and Highways of India.

To verify whether you can really pay for 12 hours at toll booth and save money, we checked various sources. As told in the message, we did not find any option or information about such 12-hour journey and user toll tax for it. There’s no credible information on it, neither in media or official government websites. The Minister Nitin Gadkari usually shares important announcements on his official Twitter account. When some users mentioned him asking about the claim, there is no response.

We came across a letter of National Highways Authority of India dated March 2018 mentioning about revision of user fee rates for the year 2018-19 in a Karnataka area. The letter only mentions Toll Fee for single journey, return journey within a day, and for monthly pass for 50 single journeys in a month. There’s no mention of 12 hours slip option whatsoever.

Image of A letter of National Highways Authority of India dated March 2018
A letter of National Highways Authority of India dated March 2018

Old, Fake News

Yes, the message telling people to pay for 12 hours at toll booth and save money is in fact an old, fake news. The claim became popular earlier in September 2017 also after a Truck driver posted the video message that went viral.

Back then, Hindi-language daily newspaper Dainik Bhaskar investigated into the matter and approached concerned officials. They again, did not find any information on such 12 hours slip at toll booths.

Hoax or Fact:

Hoax.


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