RISKING THE SANEF TOLL TAG HEIGHT/WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS??

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  1. Skeggysue

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    Hi there can anyone kindly advise us please?

    We are awaiting delivery of our new motorhome, which weighs 5 ton, is just over 3.1 metre high and has 2 axles and is classed as Category 3 vehicle. We are off to Spain at the end of March for 6 weeks and we were hoping to purchase a Sanef Toll Tag for using on the automatic lanes on the French motorways. Unfortunately, it looks like we are too tall and too heavy to use this system but I'm sure I've read posts on here and other forums from members who drive the same size vehicles and yet use the Sanef Tags! I'm presuming they chance it and just hope that they aren't weighed or measured or anything but i just wondered if there is an automatic height barrier fitted to the automated lanes?

    Any advice re this matter would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you.

    Sue x
     
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    Don't worry about the weight. We're too heavy for it and never have a problem. The booths don't weigh you.

    Can't help you with the height though as we sneak in just under 3m
     
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    we have one which I got for the previous motorhome which was under 3m and under 3.5t but I also tried to use it year before last when we down to south of spain in our then new motorhome. It worked on one toll but the one where you normally take a ticket it just wouldnt work. In the end i had to take a ticket but then it classed me as a 4 and charged me nearly 100 euros. We were also towing a scooter at the time which it thought was another axle which it isnt really.

    Ours is around 3.03m tall and 4.5t

    Hit and miss for us but be prepared to pay......
     
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    First hurdle is purchasing one. Get in touch with the team in Harrogate and see if you can get past that stage. Link> Sanef Tolling

    Hope you have more success than I did!
     
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    You're almost certainly not going to have a problem
     
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    Why what happened imbiber????

    Sue
     
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    Hmmm. I think you may have over complicated that for yourself.

    I just applied online, the whole process took less than 2 minutes and the tag came in the post about a week later.
     
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    We will be having a folding oyster satellite dish on top too. So of course that will add a few more inches to our height too! At a guess I'd say our height will be more like 3.3 metres.
     
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    I suppose it's how transparent you are at the application stage. Clearly it states your vehicle has to be either Class 1 or Class 2. Unfortunately we are 3 axles and fall more often than not into class 4 so never got off the ground. I suppose you could just fill in the application form get the tag and hope all goes well on your travels. For me in the end it wasn't worth the hassle. Good luck!
     
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    Good luck Sue. (y)

    With all this automatic height and axle configuration measuring, it looks like the days of pressing the button on the intercom and giving it, "Bonjour, je suis un camping-car, classe deux s'il vous plaît" are coming to an end. :(

    Cheers,

    Jock. :)
     
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    Yes I think they are Jock. Even for us, a couple of years ago we would have no problem getting Class 2 on appeal; however, over the past 12 months this has become less so and more often than not they come out waiving a tariff in our noses stating clearly we are in Class 4.
    Good luck Sue

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    Yes it's a bit confusing to say the least Jock.
    Don't know if we dare risk it or not?
    It's such a shame that they don't offer this system to all uk motorhomes and uk drivers etc ist it? It's a real faff paying at the booths for us right hand side drivers, especially any solo or disabled drivers out there! Never mind, it's all part of the fun I suppose!!!
    Sue x
     
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    I tend to use the lorry lanes (or the 30 kph lanes on the tolls) and can't imagine that there is any sort of height checking device on those lanes. I would certainly risk it, the initial cost is so,minimal as not to worry about it and I would be very surprised if you have a problem. I am well over the 3.5 tonne limit and have never had a problem.

    Mike
     
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    Would you knowingly cheat the system if it was in the UK?

    The only person that can decide is you, because you or others may be able to get away with something doesn't make it right!
     
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    Yes I too was caught last year in France, cost me 100 euros, as the not so lovely lady pointed to the three axles. Stupid thing is we are then classed as the same rate as a 44ton hgv although we are a leisure vehicle! I sure I do not cause as much damage to the road surface with my 5tonnes as does a 44 ton
    truck!! .
     
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    just stay off the toll roads,, whats the rush anyway.
    go slow and look at the country.
    i have no choise costs too much for tolls(y)(y)
     
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    We are 4.5 tonnes and with sat dome & a/c come in at approx 3.2 Mtrs but will use the tag and see what happens,still use it for the smart car so handy either way.
     
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    There isn't really any risk. If it doesn't work just pay the toll and don't worry about it. Then when you get home return it and get the deposit back. It may end up costing you a few Euros but not enough to worry about.
     
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