NHAI to increase tolls by 7% nationwide starting April 1

Traveling on national highways and expressways is expected to become more expensive from April 1, 2023 as the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) implements its toll rate increase of up to 7 percent across the country.

Toll revision is an annual matter under the National Highways Fee (Rate Setting and Collection) Rules 2008. In 2022, toll rates for all types of vehicles traveling on National Highways have been increased by up to 15 percent. The average toll tax levied on the country’s expressways is currently Rs.2.19 per kilometer.

On highways with heavy 4×4 traffic, such as B. Delhi-Meerut Expressway, the toll fee will increase by 5 rupees. Other major routes such as the Eastern Peripheral Expressway and the KundliManesar-Palwal Expressway will be 5 to 7 percent more expensive. Minimum toll rates on main routes will range from Rs 35 to Rs 105. Heavy vehicle toll rates will increase by up to Rs 40 from current rates.

Latest data shows that Rs.33,881 billion in tolls were collected on National Highways in FY2022, up 21 per cent from FY2021. In addition, toll rates across the country have risen by 32 per cent since 2018-19. One of the indirect effects of such toll increases is increasing the cost of essential items being shipped across the country by freight. The rise in the already inflated prices of key commodities is affecting the lives of ordinary people.

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