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post #1 of 66 (permalink) Old 23-01-2017, 09:56 Thread Starter
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For those who use the French Toll roads

Just to let you know the ATMB Toll Tag is on offer as free until March 21st, with no monthly payments to ATMB when used in the first year, and only €1.60 per months use after that.





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Sorry to be thick does that mean you can use all the tolls for free

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See here https://www.atmb.com/en/help-simulator#step-4 for more info.

Tho I think it can still be read both ways, I think your tolls for actually USING the péages are in addition to the free pass.

After the 1st year you'll pay £1.60 for each month you actually use the péages, plus the actual tolls.

But I may be misreading. I don't usually use tolls but may do driving into Spain on the west coast this year. Tho maybe most of these toll roads are in Spain?! Need to check.

Thanks to the OP for the heads up.
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You still pay normal toll charges. Normally if you sign up for a tag, (libre-t,) you pay a refundable deposit on the tag, then pay either an annual service charge each month, or a slightly higher service charge just for the months you use it. As far as I can see Keiths link is to an offer of a tag FOC, (no deposit needed,) and no service charge for the first year,

Having used a tag for several years, IMHO they are worth very penny.


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You set up an online account with them, they send you the Tag which you fit inside your windscreen and they charge €1.60 for every month you use the TAG.

Tolls are charged as normal and paid from the account you set up.

The Tags main benefit is you go through the Toll booths with much less hassle than you would when you had to faff about finding and using Credits cards or Euros, wing mirrors pulled in and out again, window down and up again, queuing behind a load of vehicles who are always slower than you and generally mess about unnecessarily.

You'll feel a whole lot better as you wave to others who passed you a few miles up the Motorway as you fly through the booths at up to 20 mph in the warmth and comfort of your MH.

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Personally I am never in THAT much of a hurry, I am on holiday after all.

For those who travel the motorways a lot (as in commuting to and from work) then I can see the advantage, likewise if travelling solo so access to the peage machine is awkward, but I have never been more than 4 vehicles from the pay point and Mrs P is in charge of paying.

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Right my Fellow MH's.

Advice request!!!!

I am currently planning our first trip to mainland Europe, initially heading for a few weeks in Alsace/Jura, having never toured or used the French Toll motorways.

Would this be of use to myself? I appreciate that, with few time constraints, Toll-Free-Motoring is a serious option. However, the need to utilise the Toll routes may arise and therefore what would be the best option?

1) Are the payments taken from your account by standing order or are you billed monthly?
2) Are the rates cheaper if you queue and pay locally?

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The ONLY advantage is time, if a few minutes are critical to you then perhaps it's a good system. For me I just pay by debit card at each toll booth, takes a few seconds. There is no discount offered, in fact you have to pay for the privilege of using a tag (monthly charge) if you use on 31st Jan and again on 1st Feb you get charged for two months, even if those are the only dates it's used!

I get by paying as I go, so don't feel it's a necessity, it isn't.

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Why pay by Debit Card?

Do toll booths not take cash? Does your Debit Card not have charges?

I never use a UK card outside UK and only use my Polish Euro account card within Euroland, but very rarely.

I normally pay cash everywhere, as then I am in control of any exchange rate and no charges.

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Personally I am never in THAT much of a hurry, I am on holiday after all.

For those who travel the motorways a lot (as in commuting to and from work) then I can see the advantage, likewise if travelling solo so access to the peage machine is awkward, but I have never been more than 4 vehicles from the pay point and Mrs P is in charge of paying.

Andy
Never more than 4 vehicles in front!! Until you hit a holiday or some such occurance, we had to queue for over 1 hour to get through the Peage below Lyon whilst all the Tag Holders flew by. It's quite normal to meet Peage queues at the wrong time of day near Cities.
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