Using Peage for the first time
Please could somebody clearly explain what I need to do,
what to look out for when using a French Peage toll booth
e.g. which lane to get into for the right booth ect. Can't find any first time use clear instruction anywhere
Hi and welcome,
Originally Posted by Cantorisalto1
(and apologies in advance - can't do accents on here!)
Using a peage is no big deal unless you are on your own in the car! And you need a reasonable supply of coins.
When you join an Autoroute there will be a series of booths and barriers where you take a ticket - I say you but, of course, the booths/ticket machines will be on your left, so you need a passenger, and you need to stop where they can reach throught the window.
When you leave the Autoroute your best bet is to look for a lane that is manned (at some peages this is indicated by a pictogram of a man with a cap on). You, or rather your passenger, hands in the ticket and they tell you what you owe - if you do not speak French the total will be visible on a small screen.
Pay, and off you go! At some tolls there are machines you put your ticket into, then it shows you what you owe and you throw the correct change into basket - when the correct money has gone in the barrier raises.
Once you've done it once or twice you'll wonder what you were worrying about, it's really quite simple. I can't give you much guidance on costs because it varies a bit, but I've never found it to be ridiculous. Toll Autoroutes are privately owned and are usually in quite good condition - and much quieter than in UK.
Oh, and DON'T speed. Speeding is tempting on the relatively empty roads, by the Gendarmerie can check your average speed from the times on the ticket!
Quote.."Gendarmerie can check your average speed from the times on the ticket!"
Now that is sneaky
As opposed to hiding a speed trap in a horse-box in north Wales, for example?
Originally Posted by smudger
Aye! they hide behind a tall hedge in our area, and stick the camera out through a hole they have cut in
The hedge itself is dangerous, as its blocks the drivers vision of a junction that is on that stretch of duel carriageway, and there have been a few RTAs at that point.
The powers that be, must think the camera position is more important than road safety?
Completely puzzled as to what happened. According to the screen the web page, along with my posting, had crashed.
Originally Posted by wagolynn
Some years ago, with our campervan, we had stopped overnight in a kind of layby at the start of the peage near to Bethune.
Next morning, I found that it would be necessary to turn around to avoid the peage, or to even get to the ticket barrier. It seemed obvious that I could not simply continue forward onto the peage without a ticket. But the 'controller refused to allow me to turn around, and was generally unhelpful. I tried leaping around in front of the machine to trip the issuing mechanism, to no avail; and getting out of the way when a vehicle came through. Finally, exhausted, I went back to the camper and made coffees; whilst her indoors rocked with laughter at my antics.
Then a little Peugeot, with an amber beacon on the roof, stopped close to the controller's office. I started to head towards the 'suit' leaving the Peugeot, when 'controller' darted from his office and handed me the required ticket. With a growl of "cochon" I snatched the ticket and we were once more on our way.
Our first stop from the ferry, and our first time in France. Didn't put us off, though. Just one Frenchman doesn't make a bad summer!
Sorry to be a pain but can anybody answer my question in post no 6. Does the machine issuing the permits to use the toll road automatically calculate the ave speed and then issue a speeding fine when the car leaves the toll road or is it more a case ogf bad luck , as obviously if it was is the former a toilet stop at the servioces ona long trip would be advisable as this would reduce the ave speed.
Sorry for the late reply to this post, so I hope you get it OK. As I dont think any of the other answers really got to nub of your question.
I quite understand your confusion, i have been driveing in France now since before they even had motorways, and I can assure you, I still find it difficult.
The best advice is that as you approach the peage SLOW right down. The booths are all different. First look for one that has a green light. then as someone else said look for a manned booth, this has a pictogram of a man but the problem is that the window is opaque, so you cant see him/her but if the green light is on it will be manned. If it is fixed price stretch of the mororway and you have the correct change you can use the self pay booths, they have a pictogram of a basket and some coins. You just throw your coins in and the barrer lifts, (No Change given)
Avoid the ones at the side which take pre paid telephone payments i think?
Whatever you do try to avoid getting in the wrong line and even worse entering it once in line it is difficult if not impossible to reverse.
But as I said slow down and work out your line on the approach and it usually works out ok. if in doubt put your hazard lights on and if necessary stop in sufficient time to get in the line of your choice, but if pulling across several lines watch out for fast approaching traffic, the locals dont hang about.
And yes if on your own it is quicker and easier to get out and walk round, i always do.
Originally Posted by Cantorisalto1