New roads without tolls or barriers: how does it work?

New roads without tolls or barriers: how does it work?



At present, the section is open to drivers free of charge. But that won’t last: A79 + will eventually pay off. And not in the traditional way, and in the inevitable tariff system that forces you to stop and then start again (or slow down, within the system of electronic tariffs): users of this road will no longer be required to cross any toll. It will certainly be the first free and free road in France. A project that was classified as “public use” by decree in 2017, and which will reach its limit. The system is set to be more democratic as other such programs continue in the West. But part of the A79 is very symbolic as it goes to the accident-prone RCEA, which is a sadly known RN79.

“At the national and international level, the RN79 is one of the major East-West links from Royan to the Rhodanian river, and beyond Germany, Switzerland and Italy. It thus eliminates between 10 and 15,000 traffic congestion per day. according to a section in the Allier department. These different uses are the source of the major traffic disturbances that make the RN79 a road accident prone.

The 2×2 section will be approximately 90 km, between Montmarault and Digoin. Axelia will be the “privileged company” for this new type of highway, created by gantries that will analyze the incoming and outgoing vehicles in real time. “All data is transmitted to a remote operating station via computer servers. There, the information is analyzed, considered thanks to the reduction of multiple tasks, and verified automatically or manually (in the event of uncertainty about vehicle identity). , before. The billing process for the client, customer or not, has been started “, notes the operator.

To pay, there will be several solutions:

  • electronic tariffs – payments are made automatically when passing through the doors
  • By its registration – will be sufficient to register on the official website, by informing its RIB. Then the payment will be made automatically.
  • At the stations – Payment points at entrances and exit routes will allow you to pay for routes (credit card, cash, etc.)
  • On the Internet – payment by credit card before or after his visit.

The goal is to make life easier for road users who may not all have the same route. So everyone can adjust their passage, in the way they want. Obviously, if you pass without paying, the administrator will send you an invoice as your phone number will be checked.

Final statement, and not least: The price will be around 5 € according to Axelia.

Ecological benefits?

The abolition of tariffs will make it possible to prevent the effects of “accordion”, and stations and the resumption of vehicles. And this could mean a reduction in CO2 emissions: “for example, a 40-ton freight truck consumes about two liters of extra fuel while passing through a toll barrier”, explains Axelia. Multiply that by the number of cars on the highway, and you will find the potential for declining productivity.