From January 1, 2024, only vehicles with an M-Tag will be permitted on the motorway

The National Highways & Motorway Police (NHMP) has implemented a significant regulation starting January 1, 2024, mandating the possession of an M-Tag for all vehicles using the motorways in Pakistan. This initiative aims to streamline traffic, alleviate congestion, and reduce pollution at toll plazas.

The M-Tag, a pre-paid RFID chip attached to a vehicle’s windshield, enables seamless passage through toll plazas by automatically deducting toll taxes from the user’s balance. This innovative system enhances efficiency by eliminating the need for vehicles to halt at toll booths, contributing to a smoother traffic experience on major motorways.

This regulation applies to several key motorways, including the Islamabad-Peshawar M-1, Lahore-Abdul Hakeem M-3, Pindi Bhattian-Multan M-4, Multan-Sukkur M-5, Hakla-Dera Ismail Khan M-14, and Hasan Abdal-Mansehra Expressway E-35. The NHMP emphasizes the mandatory nature of the M-Tag, clarifying that vehicles lacking this electronic identification will be barred from entering motorways beginning January 1, 2024. Violators will face fines along with the entry ban.

To obtain the M-Tag, vehicle owners must now provide their vehicle registration smart card, a departure from the previous issuance based on computerized national identity cards (CNICs). Recharging the M-Tag can be conveniently done through the One Network App or at designated M-Tag Points.

This regulation holds particular significance for the approximately 150,000 vehicles daily traveling the heavily used Islamabad-Lahore M-2 Motorway. The proactive adoption of the M-Tag system reflects the NHMP’s dedication to enhancing the overall motorway experience, promoting efficiency, and contributing to a reduction in environmental impact by minimizing traffic-related pollution.

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