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Read On To Know Who All Can Avail Toll Plaza Fee Exemption

03 February 2020


Bhubaneswar: In light of recent events of State Labour Minister Susanta Singh being stopped at a toll plaza in Sundargarh, it is important as a citizen of India to know who all can avail exemption at a toll plaza.

Now before going to the rules, a little background on the incident seems important. Minister Sushant Singh’s vehicle was reportedly detained and his driver assaulted at Masnikani toll gate of Biju Expressway under Bhasma police limits. The minister was on his way to Sundargarh in the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday to attend a function of the Government College. The Tollgate staff allegedly refused to pass the vehicle until the required payment is made. An altercation ensued which was broken off after intervention of the district police.

As per the regulations laid down by the National Highways Fee, 2008, any vehicle transporting or accompanying a Member of Legislative Assembly will be exempted to pay the fee if he or she produces his or her identity card issued by concerned Legislature of the State.

Following are the people who are exempted:

  1. The President of India
  2. The Vice-President of India
  3. The Prime Minister of India
  4. The Governor of any State
  5. The Chief Justice of India
  6. The Speaker of the House of People
  7. The Cabinet of the Minister of the Union
  8. The Chief Minister  of a State
  9. The Judge of the Supreme Court
  10. The Minister of the State of the Union
  11. The Lieutenant Governor of a Union Territory
  12. The Chief of Staff holding the rank of full General or equivalent rank
  13. The Chairman of the Legislative Council of a State
  14. The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of a State
  15. The Chief Justice of a High Court
  16. The Judge of a High Court
  17. The Member of Parliament
  18. The Army Commander of Vice-Chief of Army Staff and equivalent in other services
  19. The Chief Secretary to a State Government within concerned State
  20. The Secretary to the Government of India
  21. The Secretary, Council of States
  22. The Secretary, House of People
  23. The Foreign dignitary on State visit
  24. The Member of legislative Assembly of a State and the Member of Legislative Council of a State within their respective State, if he or she produces his or her identity card issued by the concerned Legislature of the State
  25. The awardee of Param Vir Chakra, Ashok Chakra, Maha Vir Chakra, Kirti Chakra, Vir Chakra and Shaurya Chakra, if such awardee produces his or her photo identity card duly authenticated by the appropriate or competent authority for such award

Apart from these dignitaries, following vehicles which are being used for official purposes are exempted:

  1. Ministry of Defense including those which are eligible for exemption under the provisions of the Indian Toll (Army and Air Force) Act, 1901 and rules made there, as extended to Navy also
  2. The Central and State armed forces in uniform including Paramilitary forces and police
  3. An Executive Magistrate
  4. The fire-fighting Department or organization
  5. National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) or any other Government organization using such vehicle for inspection, survey, construction or operation of national highways and maintenance

Ambulance, funeral van or a vehicle specifically designed for use of a person suffering from physical disability are also exempted from paying any fee at toll plazas across the country.