Jump to content

use of blue badge on French autoroutes


Recommended Posts

Can anyone give me any further information on the Caravan Club's statement that vehicles that are classed as 'category 2' on French autoroutes and are showing a Blue Badge can get a reduction to the 'category 1' toll? It sounds too good to be true and would rely on ones toll being taken by a real live person and not merely a machine. Has anyone actually tried/proved this? We shall have to wait until next year now to try it out.



Link to comment
Share on other sites

A Class 2 vehicle which has been adapted for Disabled use can be charged class 1 provided that the Registration document reflects the changes, just carrying a blue card does not qualify.



see the notes at the bottom of the page

Les véhicules de classe 2 aménagés pour le transport des personnes handicapées bénéficient de la classe 1. C’est la mention « handicap » sur la carte grise du véhicule qui permet l’attribution de la classe 1.




Link to comment
Share on other sites

The subject was discussed within this earlier forum thread




and is mentioned towards the bottom of this webpage




In principle, it's not a driver's/passenger's Blue Badge that allows a Category 1 autoroute tarif to be applied to a Category 2 vehicle, but evidence that the vehicle involved has been designed/modified for 'disabled' use. When a forum-member said "...my husband has a disabled badge but van is not modified, its a bit hit and miss but usually we get regraded as Class 1" I commented as follows:


"This is a useful autoroutes-related leaflet:




The 'rules' for Class 2 vehicles that have been adapted for disabled people being able to attract Class 1 toll-charges are explained in more detail. There are specific rules for French-registered vehicles that define what needs to be on the vehicle's registration document to permit the Class 1 toll to be applied. For non-French-registered vehicles, the advice is merely to choose the 'manual' lane when approaching the toll-booth or, at automatic-only toll-stations, to seek help using the intercom facility.


Autoroute tolls relate to vehicles not people. As Syd emphasised, the Class 2 to Class 1 toll-charge concession only applies to vehicles that have been modified for disabled use. In principle, if a Class 2 vehicle has not been modified for disabled use it does not qualify for the concession, even if everybody travelling in it has a disabled badge. It's easy to imagine, though, that such a rule may not be applied rigorously and (as you've found) that presentation of a disabled badge will usually result in a Class 1 toll-charge."

Link to comment
Share on other sites


This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

  • Create New...