The toll tax is a commonly known concept for those who frequently travel to Delhi from the NCR, or vice versa. This tax, which is mandatory for highway travelers, has seen several changes over time, impacting the development of expressways in India. It’s important to understand that the toll tax we pay is utilized for the maintenance of national highways, leading to the abundance of expressways in the country.

However, there are certain individuals exempted from paying this tax. This list includes the President of India, whose vehicles are also exempt from the toll tax. The Prime Minister, state governors, chief justices, and central cabinet ministers are also not obligated to pay this tax. Furthermore, vehicles belonging to the police force and the military, as well as those transporting deceased individuals, are exempt from this charge.

Recent announcements from the Central Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, hinted at the discontinuation of the toll tax payment system in favor of a GPS-based charging mechanism, similar to those used in other developed nations.

Despite claims on social media that travelers returning to a toll booth within 12 hours are not required to pay the toll a second time, this is incorrect. These misconceptions have led to miscommunication and confusion. However, with the proposed implementation of a new monitoring system, which tracks the distance traveled and deducts the toll from the driver’s account automatically, it is likely that India will soon adopt a more efficient and convenient toll tax system.


1. Toll tax is required for traveling to and from Delhi via the Delhi NCR Expressway, but certain individuals and officials are exempt from paying this tax.
2. The exemption from toll tax applies to high-ranking officials such as the President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice, and Governors, among others.
3. Certain vehicles, such as those belonging to the police force and military, are also exempt from paying toll tax.
4. Nitin Gadkari, the Minister of Road Transport and Highways, has proposed the use of a GPS-based system for collecting toll, which would result in automatic deduction of toll charges based on the distance traveled by the vehicle.
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Sonu Roy is originally a resident of Samastipur district of Bihar, has been working as a writer in digital journalism for the last 4 years. In his career of 4 years, he has good experience from politics, automobile, motivation, sports to technology field.