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TIS-PL – France

France

The French toll collection system is named TIS-PL, short for “Télépéage Inter Sociétes Poids Lourds” (literally, “a distance payment”). TIS-PL has been operating since 2007 and covers approx.  9.000 kilometres of motorways.

How does the system work?

The toll road network in France has been developed based on a public and private partnership model. Roads are usually administered by concessionaires (licence holders), or private operators who have been awarded licenses from the French state. Currently, roads in France are managed by 18 concessionaires.

The TIS-PL system uses the DSRC microwave technology. It is composed of two elements: toll gantries and On-Board Units. The OBU communicates with gantries and the toll is charged automatically as a vehicle drives under a gantry.

French motorways have designated non-stop lanes for heavy vehicles equipped with On-Board Units. A gate opens as soon as the toll is charged by the device.

The OBU should be attached to a vehicle’s windscreen. Once turned on, the device is ready to charge tolls. OBUs may be ordered using the order form from DKV.

On-Board Units of the TIS-PL system store information which enables the vehicle to be identified at toll stations:

  • customer number,
  • device number,
  • contractual information,
  • vehicle information (plate number, Euro class, technical properties).

Please remember:

  • In the event of any change of the vehicle information (e.g. a new plate number, a change of the vehicle Euro class or category) the OBU installed in the vehicle must be immediately replaced with a new one.
  • The system assigns each On-Board Unit to a specific vehicle. The OBU cannot be used by any other vehicle (each DKV Box is vehicle related)..

Which vehicles have to pay toll charges?

Road tolls are payable for goods vehicles and coaches with a weight as of 3.5 tonnes.

Which roads are toll roads?

Tolls are collected on all routes managed by concessionaires. Some roads within the state-managed network are toll-free. These are usually clearly designated.

Please remember that vehicles may stay on a privately managed road for a maximum duration of 24 to 48 hours, depending on the rules adopted by the concessionaire of a given road.

The 24-hour limit applies to the roads administered by:

  • Adelac
  • Alienor
  • AREA
  • ASF
  • ESCOTA
  • SANEF
  • SAPN
  • SFTRF

The 48-hour limit applies to the roads administered by:

  • ALIS
  • APRR
  • ATMB
  • COFIROUTE

No time limitations apply to the roads managed by Alicorne.

To see a complete list of French toll roads, click here.

A list of toll rates applicable on individual roads for each category of a vehicle may be viewed here.

Vehicle classification

Within the TIS-PL system, tolls are charged from vehicles classified as class 3 or 4. This classification is based on the number of axles, and a vehicle’s height and weight.

French roads have additional lanes exclusively for class 4 vehicles. Such lanes are located to the right of a road toll station and are marked with orange hexagon signs with the lorry symbol or the name “Class 4”. Each vehicle driving this lane will be charged with a class 4 toll, regardless of its actual class.

A table with a breakdown of vehicle classes can be found here.

How to pay?

Road toll payments can be made in the pre-paid mode (manually) and in the post-paid mode (automatically).

Pre-paid method

In this method, payments are made before a vehicle passes a gantry. Hauliers may use the following three payment modes:

  • by a fuel card (e.g. a DKV CARD),
  • by credit card, or
  • in cash.

Please note: Customers using the pre-paid method are not eligible for any discounts which are offered by French motorway operators as part of the automatic toll collection schemes.

Post-paid method

This method is recommended for hauliers frequently travelling on French roads. If tolls are post-paid, a driver does not have to wait in a queue to pass the toll gate. By selecting this payment method, drivers:

  • save time and money,
  • gain access to a non-stop lane at motorway toll gates,
  • can use the cash-free tolling mode, being thus able to better control costs incurred in transit.

A discount system is an extra bonus. Discounts are pre-determined and depend on arrangements between the state and a concessionaire. In France, they can be as high as 13%.

Customers using post-paid mode must first registered in the TIS-PL system. The registration services are provided by DKV as well.

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