Toll information for France
The use of the freeways in France is subject to tolls. Exceptions are the areas of Alsace/Lorraine, Auvergne and Brittany as well as the city highways.
Toll provider: TIS PL und Liber-t
Guideline for trucks
The abbreviation TIS PL "Télépéage Inter-Sociétés Poids Lourds" refers to the French toll system for trucks of categories 3 and 4. Approximately 9,000 km of French motorways (PDF), several bridges and tunnels are subject to toll for all vehicles of 3.5 t and higher.
There are 3 criteria that determine vehicle categories on French toll-roads:
- the maximum height of the vehicle combination
- the maximum allowed weight weight of the tractor
- the number of axles (with ground contact/ vehicle combination)
From 01.01.2021, DKV will gradually discontinue acceptance of the DKV CARD for French motorway tolls. However, you have the option of paying your tolls conveniently using the DKV BOX. Toll charges (PDF) in France.
The payment by DKV Card is only possible at “Pont de Normandie” and “Pont de Tancarville” bridges.
The DKV BOX is also accepted by the toll systems VIA T in Spain and VIA VERDE/SCUT in Portugal, in the Liefkenshoek Tunnel between Antwerp and Rotterdam, in the Warnow and Herren Tunnels in Germany and at certain vehicle parks .
The nearest toll station can be found with the help of the interactive French motorway network . You will also receive traffic information real-time.
Guideline for vehicles > 3.5 t
Transporters on the road
Tolls are recorded fully automatically using a toll box that is attached to the windshield. The toll system is analogous to the TIS PL toll in France and is based on microwave technology (DSRC).
The Liber-t BOX is accepted across an extensive road network for your utmost convenience:
- Motorways, bridges and tunnels (except the Fréjus and Mont Blanc tunnels)
- Almost 300 vehicle parks in cities, at railway stations and airports. These vehicle parks are designated with an orange “t”.
The following parking lots accept the Liber-t BOX:
- EFFIA (Lille Nouveau Siècle, Lille Opéra, Lille République)
- Roissy CDG
- Urbis (selected Urbis parking places)
With the Liber-t BOX, you can take advantage of all the benefits of electronic tolling and be sure of getting around quickly without waiting and without a ticket at the stations of the French freeway network (except for the tunnels at Fréjus and Mont Blanc).
Please use the following forms to order your Liber-t Box:
- Order form (PDF)
- Guidelines (PDF)
- If you want to register more than 5 vehicles, please also use the electronic vehicle list (XLSX).
- Vehicle categories (PDF)
- Service sheet (PDF)
For a successful registration, please send the completed and signed order form and, if applicable, the electronic vehicle list to your respective DKV Mobility sales unit .
Tunnels & Bridges
At the tunnels and bridges listed below, the fees can be paid using the DKV CARD .
- Mont Blanc Tunnel between Le Fayet/F and Aosta/I
- Tunnel Fréjus between Chambéry/ F and Torino/ I
- Tunnel Maurice Lemaire between Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines/F and Saint-Dié/ F
- Pont de Normandie
- Pont de Tancarville
- Viaduc de Millau
Important tips for TIS PL
Certain lanes at French toll plazas are reserved for category 4 vehicles. When using this lane, the vehicle is automatically charged the category 4 tariff. These reserved lanes are located to the right-hand side of toll plazas and are marked with an orange hexagon with a truck sign or the words "Classe 4".
Reserved lanes are available at the following toll plazas:
- Saint Amoult (A10)
- Artenay (A10)
- Orléans Nord (A10)
- Tours Nord (A10)
- St. Christophe/ Nais (A28)
- Veigné (A85)
- Vierzon centre (A71)
Don't risk being charged the wrong tariff!
When passing through the toll plaza, please ensure that you use the correct lane. This will save you money and your vehicle will always be charged the correct tariff.
On the list of passages attached to your invoice, you'll be able to tell from the Lane column the passages on which the reserved lane was used. You can also use the online DKV eREPORTING system to obtain a free analysis of vehicles using the wrong lane. This will give you a quick and easy overview of the transactions involved and you can ask your drivers to use the correct lanes!
One reason for the maximum tariff (TLPC) being charged is that the maximum amount of time permitted on the road network was exceeded. Depending on the toll operator, vehicles may remain on the motorway for a maximum of between 24 and 48 hours. These TLPCs cannot be reclaimed. Below is a list of the periods permitted on the various French networks:
A maximum of 24 hours is permitted on the following networks
A maximum of 48 hours is permitted on the following networks
No restrictions on time on the following network:
Avoid being charged the maximum tariff by not exceeding the maximum period permitted. The use of the section of the A19 motorway (ARCOUR) between “Savigny sur Clairis” and “St-Hilaire-les-Andrésis” is free of charge if the journey time is less than 30 minutes. If this section is used for longer than 30 minutes, then the French toll operator ARCOUR will bill the maximum toll charge.
After 24 hours, a free analysis of all passages made the previous day is available free of charge to DKV BOX users via DKV eREPORTING. Customers are therefore able to establish quickly and easily where and when they have been charged the maximum tariff due to the permitted period being exceeded and are able to draw their drivers' attention to this in order to save money!
The maximum tariff (TLPC) is also charged if the operator is unable to determine the distance actually covered because information about the entry or exit point was not correctly checked. The operator will then charge the longest distance.
Incorrect checking of entry or exit point may be due to one of three different factors:
- Wrong lane was used,
- Defective toll point,
- Defective DKV BOX!
Under the French toll scheme, the vehicle category serves as the basis for the scale of charges.
Your vehicle category is determined on the basis of the following 3 criteria:
- Height of the vehicle,
- Permitted total weight,
- Number of axles (with ground contact)
Classes 3 and 4 cover all vehicles whose total height exceeds 3 m or whose permitted total weight exceeds 3.5 t (heavy goods vehicles = TIS PL). Class 3 vehicles differ from class 4 vehicles solely in number of axles: Class 3 vehicles have a maximum of 2 axles and class 4 vehicles have more than 2 axles.
In France, the DKV BOX can be used in category 3 or category 4 trucks and busses to pay tolls electronically. Although the class of vehicle is recorded in the DKV BOX, operators don't use it to calculate the amount due in tolls. The operator checks the class of vehicle as it passes through the toll plaza. It is either checked by toll plaza personnel or via sensors on automatic lanes. It may happen that the class of vehicle is wrongly identified and "overclassified".
You do of course have the opportunity to dispute transactions such as this later with the relevant operators – provided you didn't use lanes reserved for class 4 vehicles.
Simply contact your sales representative and he'll manage it for you!
Discounted toll sales in France appear on your DKV statement as a total amount. This can be identified by means of the product code 5J01. All other details can be found in the DKV list of passages.
Details of discounts granted per DKV BOX and/or per customer in the DKV passage list
The DKV list of passages contains itemized transaction records for all vehicles and details of the discounts provided and fees charged by the various operators. The first page of the list of passages begins with a summary of toll sales, discounts and fees for the various operators. To make it easier for you to analyse, totals are given for each toll operator and each DKV BOX.
If a toll operator only quotes a total amount per customer for discounts or fees (SANEF, SAPN, ATMB, AREA), these amounts can be found at the end of the summary under Fleet total with the name of the operators. You then get full details of all the individual transactions by vehicle on the list of passages.
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