France Auto-toll Overcharge Warning – Trendy Tractor Touring

TODAY: drivers with bikes or roof boxes may be overcharged at French motorway automatic tollbooths. A man on an epic 8,000 mile charity tractor tour around Scandinavia is on the lookout for volunteer support vehicle drivers.

NOTE: national day of mourning in the Netherlands today for victims of MH17 disaster. Remains arrive at Eindhoven airbase at 16:00. Church bells ring five minutes beforehand, a minute’s silence afterwards. Convoy travels north on A2 to Hilversum. Also, major floods and landslides in north central Slovakia.

GIBRALTAR FRONTIER WATCH: quiet overnight and today but delays of up to 60mins this evening.

TOUR DE FRANCE WATCH: Saint-Gaudens to Saint-Lary Pla d’Adet.

CALAIS TRUCKS MIGRANTS PETITION: 2,312 signatures since 15.7. See @Justice4Trucker.

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FRANCE AUTO TOLL OVERCHARGE WARNING.

Company says easy to check and full refunds given.

The automatic toll lanes on the A8 near Nice. Photo @DriveEurope

The automatic toll lanes on the A8 near Nice. Photo @DriveEurope

Drivers are being warned about overcharging at the automatic toll lane booths on French motorways.

Belgian auto club VAB says one in ten of the free-flowing Liber-t lanes calculates the wrong toll if the vehicle is carrying a roof box or bikes. The fee can be hiked by as much as 50%.

However, a spokesman for Sanef UK, the company which distributes the toll tags in the UK on behalf of its French parent company, told @DriveEurope today issues only arise occasionally, that customers can easily tell if they have been overcharged and that they will receive a full refund.

The fully itemised bill lists the time, date and entry and exit points on the motorways and also the vehicle class.

Cars less than 2m high and weighing less than 3.5 tonnes – including a trailer – are Class 1, even if bikes or a roof box exceed the 2m limit.

Obtaining a refund can take up to six weeks however. Sanef in France reviews video footage at the toll booth to ensure the vehicle is as described.

The automatic Liber-T tags are designed to speed up paying for tolls and avoid the sometimes long queues at cash or credit card toll booths. British customers have the money taken directly from their bank accounts by a UK subsidiary. Read more here.

When @DriveEurope first spoke to Sanef UK in March 2013 the company had 20,000 customers. That had grown to 32,000 by September and now stands at 55,000.

It will be decided this autumn if the T tag will also work with the new Dartford Crossing tolls.

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Tractor Touring is now a thing. We didn’t think too much about it after spending a few minutes behind this chap and his trailer on Susten Pass in Switzerland earlier this month. But today’s Daily Mail carries two big stories on epic tractor trips. One man has just driven 1,000 miles in 22 days from near Stuttgart to Port Madog in wales in his vintage Porsche. Meanwhile, Peter Matheson is taking a Massey Ferguson on an 8,000 mile trip around Scandinavia, at a maximum 15mph, with caravan in tow, accompanied by his labrador Amber. The latter is in support of the Tom Bowdidge Foundation, named after a young man who died of cancer last year. Mr Matheson is on the lookout for volunteers to drive a Ford Transit support vehicle, for a few days at a time. Email: peter.matheson63@gmail.com

Tractor Touring is now a thing. We didn’t think too much about it after spending a few minutes behind this chap and his trailer on Susten Pass in Switzerland earlier this month. But today’s Daily Mail carries two big stories on epic tractor trips. One man has just driven 1,000 miles in 22 days from near Stuttgart to Port Madog, Wales, in his vintage Porsche. Meanwhile, Peter Matheson is taking a Massey Ferguson on an 8,000 mile trip around Scandinavia, at a maximum 15mph, with caravan in tow, accompanied by his labrador Amber. The latter is in support of the Tom Bowdidge Foundation, named after a young man who died of cancer last year. Mr Matheson is on the lookout for volunteers to drive a Ford Transit support vehicle, for a few days at a time. Email: peter.matheson63 at gmail.com

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Sexy new buildings at Porsche's development centre at Weissach, just off the A8 west of Stuttgart. Includes a concept car studio, a wind tunnel and 'Electronics Integration Centre'.

Sexy new buildings at Porsche’s development centre at Weissach, just off the A8 west of Stuttgart. Includes a concept car studio, a wind tunnel and ‘Electronics Integration Centre’.

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