REGULAR autoroute users who want to pay in pounds and pence can now do so with the opening of the Liber-t automatic toll payment service to UK motorists.
An English language website, Sanef Tolling, has been opened enabling people to register for one of the small transponders that is attached to your windscreen.
Users of the service are asked to set up a Direct Debit, pay a small returnable deposit for the transponder, a yearly fee and an initial administration charge.
The total upfront fee is €39.14, including TVA, of which €20 is refundable. There is also a rental fee, which will not exceed €10 plus TVA, a year.
Then after receiving confirmation of the opening of your account and the transponder, you are able to travel on all the autoroutes across France, and use the special Liber-t lanes at toll booths.
As you approach the barrier at the booth sensors register your transponder, raising it and calculate the fee payable, this is then deducted automatically from your account via the Direct Debit arrangement.
Owners of caravans and motor homes can also register for the card, although they have to use a different toll booth, found to the right hand side of the line of booths.
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Hmm. I note it's a little more expensive than we pay for ours in Euros, but probably by a lot less than it would cost you to open a french bank account to get the facility. I believe motorway company ALIS also have a UK sales line and a deal UK users can access.
Posted by: Chris Comley | 08 June 2011 at 09:29
Libert-t is brilliant (as I may have mentioned before!) if you are travelling in a right hand drive vehicle on your own. You approach, the transponder lets you through with a beep as the barrier goes up, and on all but busy holiday journeys there is no queue (anyway the Liber-t queue is always shorter and quicker). You pay for the original transponder, money back when you return it if no longer wanted, and you only pay for the mileage you do on an autoroute, plus a small charge for the month in which you use it. That charge used to be 2€, but probably changed. Anyway it's negligible for the convenience and if you only use it a few months a year it's very much more worth it. I pay through my French bank account on direct debit. I have never had any problems in the 5 years I have been using it, even when they mislaid the transponder I sent back (but send it recorded delivery), they refunded my money. I find them so helpful I woudn't travel without. Also as a rather stately driver, I find the irritated speed at which the non Liber-t customers roar past me with gritted teeth 10 kilometres up the road very gratifying.
Posted by: GinaJ | 08 June 2011 at 09:41
Many thanks for the comments :)
Posted by: Craig McGinty | 08 June 2011 at 09:58