What is Télépéage?

Télépéage is the generic French term for an automated toll payment system that allows you to use toll roads without having to stop and pay manually at the toll booth. The DSRC (Dedicated Short-Range Communication) technology behind Télépéage is used extensively on the French autoroute network but is not unique to France. It is used in many countries around the world, including the UK where it is used for the Dartford Crossing, M6 Toll and the Severn Bridge. It can also be known as 'free flow' tolling.  In France, there are two national télépéage schemes: Liber-t for light vehicles and TIS-PL for larger vehicles.

The Liber-t transponders (or tags) are small and unobtrusive. They affix to the inside of the vehicle windscreen behind the rear view mirror.  They contain a battery that lasts between 5 and 7 years depending on usage.

The lanes at the toll plazas on the French motorways (autoroutes) have beacons mounted on gantries above them that detect the transponder travelling underneath and automatically charge the toll to the tag owner’s account. The barrier lifts automatically and you drive straight through without stopping. This can save considerable time, particularly on busy routes in the summer and winter holiday periods where the alternative can be long delays as traffic queues up in the slower manual lanes to pay by cash or credit/debit card.

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The Dartford Crossing
From 30 November 2014, you’ll no longer pay at the barriers when you use the Dartford Crossing. The new payment service is called Dart Charge and is operated by Sanef Operations, a sister company of Sanef Tolling.

If you currently have a Sanef Tolling Liber-t tag for the French autoroutes it currently can not be used to pay the Dart Charge, should this change an email would be sent out to all our customers.

You can register for a Dart Charge account, apply for a local resident discount or migrate your DART-Tag account here.

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