Free-flow Motorways Free-flow Motorways

Everything you need to know about free-flow motorways and its impact on your journey.

What is a free-flow motorway?

A free-flow motorway is a road with no toll barriers. As a road user, this means you can travel without stopping!

There are many benefits, including traffic flow, user safety and reduced pollution.

Currently in France, there are only a handful of short journeys where free-flow is available. From june 2024, the entire 210-kilometre Paris-Normandy motorway (A13/A14) will adopt this technology, enabling many drivers to travel without restraint!

Free-flow Motorways

How do free-flow motorways work?

Conventional toll barriers are replaced by gantries spanning the carriageway along the motorway. They are equipped with smart sensors that detect your vehicle and identify it (electronic toll badge or number plate) according to its category, and classify it regardless of speed.

These sensors are interconnected and cover all the lanes of the motorway: the precise position of your vehicle on the carriageway and therefore the direction of traffic, whatever the traffic conditions. You don't have to do anything during the journey!

Free-flow motorways in France

How do I pay for my journeys on free-flow motorways?

Electronic Toll Payment Badge

Electronic Toll Payment Badge

Drive with peace of mind thanks to the electronic toll payment badge, the simplest and safest solution for driving on free-flow motorways and paying for your journeys automatically.

Direct debit

Or direct debit

Your bank card will be debited automatically, provided you have entered your number plate details on the route website beforehand.

Bank card

Or online by bank card

Within 72 hours of each journey using your bank card on the route's website, with physical payment solutions specific to each network.

FAQ

Which vehicles are affected?

All classes of vehicle are detected by the gantries, whether you are travelling in: a light vehicle (cars), a commercial vehicle (vans, small lorries), a camper van, a heavy goods vehicle or a two-wheeler.

Why is the electronic toll payment badge the simplest solution?

With an electronic toll payment badge, you can travel freely without having to do anything to pay. Your badge is detected automatically and your toll charges are deducted from your bank account the following month. This is the case not only on all free-flow motorways in France, but also on the entire motorway network in France, Spain, Portugal and Italy. So you can take advantage of the reserved fast lanes! In addition to these benefits, you can also pay in more than 1,300 car parks in Europe, charge your electric vehicle with ease and take advantage of the many Bip&Go subscriber services on the dedicated app.

If I have an electronic toll payment badge, what should I do if it hasn't been detected?

An electronic toll payment badge is the easiest and safest way to drive on a free-flow motorway. However, if your badge is incorrectly positioned or faulty, it may not be detected by the gantries. Rest assured! As a Bip&Go subscriber, if you have entered the number plate correctly and activated the notification of undetected free-flow journeys in your subscriber area, you will be contacted and will be able to pay for your journeys using your electronic toll payment badge or bank card. The notification will only be valid if you make a successful first pass with your electronic toll tag.

How do I pay the free-flow toll if I'm using a borrowed or hired vehicle?

The easiest and safest way is to get an electronic toll payment badge if you regularly drive a temporary vehicle. Remember to remove the badge from the windscreen before returning the vehicle! Otherwise, within 72 hours of each journey, you can visit the website of the route in question, sometimes with physical payment solutions depending on the network.

I don't have an electronic toll tag and I'm not registered on the route's website. Why don't I receive a request for payment directly after my journey?

Motorway companies do not have your contact details by default. If you want to be notified directly after your journey, you can opt for an electronic toll payment badge or fill in your number plate on the motorway website.

What do I risk if I don't pay within 72 hours?

In France, motorways are the property of the State. Therefore, after the 72-hour period, in accordance with article R419-2 of the Highway Code, your case will be passed on to sworn officials to identify the owner of the vehicle concerned. The amount to be paid corresponds to the amount of the toll, plus a fixed penalty of €15 if payment is made within 15 days, otherwise €90 within a further 45 days. Once this period has elapsed, the case is transferred to the State for a 4th class fixed fine of around €375.

Which motorways use free-flow systems?

Free-flow technology first appeared in France at the Boulay toll plaza on the A4 motorway. Then the A79 motorway crossing the Allier département was built entirely using this system. Finally, from June to December 2024, the entire Paris-Normandy route will become the first nationwide free-flow motorway. Work is scheduled for completion in 2027, with only a minor impact on the entire route.

Will all the motorways in France eventually adopt the free-flow system?

Free-flow has only recently been deployed in France. These transformation projects are long-term, in partnership with government departments.

What are you going to do with personal data?

The personal data processed by Bip&Go and the French motorway companies strictly comply with European regulations and follow the standards set out in the GDPR.

Who should I contact if I have a query?

In general, we recommend that you contact the motorway company responsible for the route on which you travelled: the Sanef Group for the Boulay toll on the A4 motorway or the Paris-Normandy route (A13/A14), aliaé for the A79 motorway. If your request concerns your electronic toll payment badge, you can contact Bip&Go directly via your subscriber area.