Sanef has decided to remove the toll barriers on its A13 and A14 motorways from Paris to Normandy and to replace them with gantries.
Make no mistake, the Sanef, in charge of the highways to Normandy has not decided to give motorists a freebie by simply removing tolls. This would obviously be far too good, and inconsistent with the 2% average increase forecast for next year. However, there will be a bit of development on the expressways, and that should also please the drivers, who will lose much less time … but still as much money. Because the motorway company wants to do away with the toll barrierse. An idea that already exists in several countries, and in particular in Portugal.
But if the barriers will soon be a distant memory on the A13 and A14 motorways, that will not prevent you from being indebted. The tolls will in fact be replaced by gates, a bit like those dedicated to the eco-tax a few years earlier. Sensors will then be installed in order to recognize the vehicles and read the license plate, or even detect the electronic toll badges. To pay, motorists just need to register their license plate in advance on the Sanef site or pay at the terminals, located at the motorway access level.
This system, which will make it possible to avoid caps but also the very energy-intensive and polluting braking and acceleration phases should come into service at the end of 2024. Tests are already underway on the A4, while next year, the A79 motorway will be also equipped with a similar portal system.
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