Motorways: the 30% reduction will not apply to all sections

If a gesture is made in favor of motorists to calm the rise in toll prices, it will not apply to the entire motorway network.

As every year on February 1, toll prices have increased. The three main motorway companies, Vinci, APRR and Sanef increased them by 1.86% on average. To curb the persistent discontent of motorists and to stifle the beginnings of a new protest at the toll barriers, the operators – under pressure from the government – however accepted the idea of ​​a commercial gesture: (at least ten round trips by months on the same journey). According to Transport Minister Élisabeth Borne, this concerns one million motorists. However, one detail was not specified: this is not done on all sections of the territory, as reported.

Indeed, the discount will not apply to recent constructions, major investments and sections where heavy truck traffic is significant. Ditto for the portions comprising specific works and which have their own pricing, according to Vinci and the Ministry of Transport. Thus, tunnels, viaducts or even certain bridges are excluded from this discount and these are the sections with the highest prices. The Mont-Blanc tunnel for example, 11.6 km long, can be crossed in one way at 46.50 euros.

13 companies excluded from the discount, 92% of the affected network

The same goes for the Pont de Tancarville, in particular. In fact, a Le Havre-Evreux trip will not benefit from a reduction on the section, since it will pass through this bridge. Fréjus, Millau or Puymorens in particular are just as many architectures banned from measurement and civil engineering is not the only one to be exempted from this commercial gesture. Of the 20 companies that operate the 9,000 kilometers of the French motorway network, 13 are not part of the system. These 13 concessionaires only concern a minimal part of the motorway network (8%), but still include some frequented sections such as the A63 from Bayonne towards Bordeaux or even part of the A19, on the Orleans side. , operated by a subsidiary of Vinci. There, it will be impossible to benefit from the discount.

Vinci, which operates the Puymorens Tunnel in particular, justifies these exceptions by explaining that these plots already benefit from reduced and advantageous offers for the motorist. This argument is echoed by the Ministry of Transport. At Figaro, he explains that “for almost all of these special cases, there are already advantageous offers for regular private users which will continue to apply”. Indeed, on the A86, motorists already benefit from -30% from 50 € per month of tolls and -50% from 130 € per month. On the Mont-Blanc tunnel, it is -69% of tolls from 10 passages over 24 months. On the Millau viaduct, a subscription at 1.6 € per month allowing -20% tolls on all routes is offered to motorists.

With regard to the sections which do not benefit from any device, whether local or national, the ministry would like to point out that this measure “is a first” and that this effort is obtained “from the concessionaires, without any counterpart of the State or users, neither today nor tomorrow ”. On these sections, the motorists concerned will pay the tolls slightly more expensive than last year, according to the adjustments made by the smaller dealers.

The case of journeys made on two different highways

Ultimate restriction on this discount, multiple toll trips. Starting your route on one concession and finishing it on another does not allow you to benefit from the 30% discount. Indeed, “the same subscription would be technically impossible to implement because the networks are not interoperable”, explains the ministry. “This should concern very few situations”, adds one, specifying that the first returns do not raise any reports on this case.


»SEE ALSO – Tolls: motorway companies make a gesture for regular users 01/17/2019

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