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James W
 


Member Since: 27 Mar 2008
Location: Riyadh, KSA
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Saudi Arabia 
Driving to/in France 2023 - Latest?

Hi all

Been a few years for me but we're ditching the airports and driving to France for a long holiday in August. Looking around the internet, the latest list I can gather is

- V5, Insurance, MOT all printed out (will have cloud copies too)
- Breakdown cover
- Hi-viz for all people, in door pockets
- Triangle
- Spare bulb kit
- UK sticker

Seems there is no need for those little breathalysers anymore and also I see not to drive in flip flops (not that I ever would)

I'm not bothering with toll tags etc as we are pretty much driving there, then back to the ferry, and that will be it for 12 months at least.

What have I forgotten?
 D4 XS, gone, much loved, never forgotten
2018 FFRR SDV8 Autobiography - Gone to someone with less sense and more time to enjoy it Very Happy
2016 Toyota Hilux Invincible - Liberating experience 
 
Post #234051927th Jun 2023 8:59 am
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Moo
D3 Decade 


Member Since: 13 Aug 2010
Location: Wiltshire
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Ukraine 2005 Discovery 3 TDV6 S Manual Zambezi SilverDiscovery 3

Only thing missing is a well filled wallet for fines!

Also,I'd just get a toll pass for the shear convenience. It's less than tenner per year but just so much easier.
 New Defender L663 110 SE (known as Noddy!)

Sold Volvo XC90 R-Design (known as Basil)

Sold - D4 HSE (Known as Gerty)

No longer the Old Buses original owner Sad
231,000 miles and counting
05 S manual owned from March 2005
D4 Face lifted
Still original injectors and turbo
V8 Front brakes
BAS Remap, Allisport Intercooler and deCat
EGRs blanked
T-Max split charge
Hanibal Expeedition rack
Prospeed ladder
Duratrac tyres
IID BT
BAS FBH control 
 
Post #234052127th Jun 2023 9:10 am
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James W
 


Member Since: 27 Mar 2008
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Saudi Arabia 

Laughing

On the tolls, I just thought that basically for two (ok, long) journeys it wasn't worth the faff? Can you just get one tag? I've seen a few different types mentioned. If it's literally £10 and it takes me less than half an hour to apply for one thing, I'll consider it

Just googled it and got Ulys, Tollbird, Emovis, Liber-T....... Confused
 D4 XS, gone, much loved, never forgotten
2018 FFRR SDV8 Autobiography - Gone to someone with less sense and more time to enjoy it Very Happy
2016 Toyota Hilux Invincible - Liberating experience 
 
Post #234052627th Jun 2023 10:00 am
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waterbuoy
 


Member Since: 26 Oct 2013
Location: Argyll
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United Kingdom 2009 Discovery 3 TDV6 SE Auto Stornoway GreyDiscovery 3

Ditto the toll pass (we use Sanef) - it can make a significant difference on a long journey, or even just when passing round a large conurbation during peak times, and allows the passenger to continue to snooze.
 Currently 2009 Disco 3 SE, 2013 MY D4 HSE and 2016 D4 SE
Previously:
TD5 Defender 110 CSW (230k miles)
300TDi Disco 1 (289k)
4 RR Classics (300-350k each, 2 manual, 2 auto)
110 V8 CSW (220k)
S3 109 hi cap pickup (ex RN)
S2A 88 Safari SW with lpg conversion (bloody lethal) 
 
Post #234052727th Jun 2023 10:03 am
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DSL
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Plus you can stream past what seems like kms or standing traffic waiting to pay at the non tag bits, then straight through the tag bays sometimes without even stopping. Deffo worth their weight in fresh croissants and vin rouge. Thumbs Up Thumbs Up

End enjoy getting to France. Hope the French border dudes, both of them, are not pratting around too much. Thumbs Up
   
Post #234052927th Jun 2023 10:25 am
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James W
 


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Saudi Arabia 

So it doesn't matter which toll system you have as long as you just choose one of them? Is Sanef the best one to go for?
 D4 XS, gone, much loved, never forgotten
2018 FFRR SDV8 Autobiography - Gone to someone with less sense and more time to enjoy it Very Happy
2016 Toyota Hilux Invincible - Liberating experience 
 
Post #234053027th Jun 2023 10:27 am
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Moo
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Location: Wiltshire
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Ukraine 2005 Discovery 3 TDV6 S Manual Zambezi SilverDiscovery 3

I use Emovis but I'm sure they are much of a muchness.
 New Defender L663 110 SE (known as Noddy!)

Sold Volvo XC90 R-Design (known as Basil)

Sold - D4 HSE (Known as Gerty)

No longer the Old Buses original owner Sad
231,000 miles and counting
05 S manual owned from March 2005
D4 Face lifted
Still original injectors and turbo
V8 Front brakes
BAS Remap, Allisport Intercooler and deCat
EGRs blanked
T-Max split charge
Hanibal Expeedition rack
Prospeed ladder
Duratrac tyres
IID BT
BAS FBH control 
 
Post #234053927th Jun 2023 11:32 am
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waterbuoy
 


Member Since: 26 Oct 2013
Location: Argyll
Posts: 2871

United Kingdom 2009 Discovery 3 TDV6 SE Auto Stornoway GreyDiscovery 3

I think the system works on the basis of one pass works for all, but please check/confirm that!

I drove down to Meribel and back in February and wafted through all the peages with the tag, by-passing some extensive queues at times. The other advantage is that you get all of the charges to pay in a single transaction, rather than multiple payments being made on a card or fiddling around with cash.

I have used Sanef for more than a decade, mainly because they have a UK administration centre based in Yorkshire with UK support available - not that I have needed. Our original tags were superceded a year or two ago and renewing them with current models was very straightforward.
 Currently 2009 Disco 3 SE, 2013 MY D4 HSE and 2016 D4 SE
Previously:
TD5 Defender 110 CSW (230k miles)
300TDi Disco 1 (289k)
4 RR Classics (300-350k each, 2 manual, 2 auto)
110 V8 CSW (220k)
S3 109 hi cap pickup (ex RN)
S2A 88 Safari SW with lpg conversion (bloody lethal) 
 
Post #234054127th Jun 2023 11:37 am
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James W
 


Member Since: 27 Mar 2008
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Saudi Arabia 

Right then, I've just applied for a Sanef Liber-T "Bip&Go" tag which only charges €1.70 per month of use and €0 otherwise. The tag was just €10 but there was also €10 postage so €20 overall. Application took about 5 mins, good system. I had to provide an IBAN account number and sign the equivalent of a DD mandate for payment. I'm hoping that there are no hidden conversion charges at my bank end.

Thanks for the advice! Thumbs Up

Now need to figure out where to put the tag on an L405 as I've never been able to get the M6 toll one to work and have to hold it out the window!!
 D4 XS, gone, much loved, never forgotten
2018 FFRR SDV8 Autobiography - Gone to someone with less sense and more time to enjoy it Very Happy
2016 Toyota Hilux Invincible - Liberating experience 
 
Post #234054727th Jun 2023 12:03 pm
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kajtzu
 


Member Since: 11 Aug 2017
Location: Helsinki
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Finland 2005 Discovery 3 4.4 V8 HSE Auto Cairns BlueDiscovery 3

Depending on where you intend to drive you might need a Crit’Air sticker.
  
Post #234058227th Jun 2023 7:19 pm
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NoDo$h
 


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Good shout, CritAir is needed for a lot of places now, with all connurbations >150k inhabitants being required to introduce restrictions by 2025

https://www.service-public.fr/particuliers/actualites/A14587
 I know it's not considered "kind" to say no these days, but no. Just no, ok? And if it's not ok, still no.  
Post #234069328th Jun 2023 8:39 pm
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kajtzu
 


Member Since: 11 Aug 2017
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Supposedly, in 2024 Crit’Air 2 (Euro 4 petrols, ALL euro 5 and euro 6 diesels) will be banned in greater Paris area. They have been postponing the previous (Crit’Air 3) ban at least twice already so it might not happen quite yet.
  
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Gary_P
 


Member Since: 03 May 2016
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Applied for a Crit’Air registration in May. Car sticker only took 7 days to arrive by post from France and cost just over £4 inc postage. Very efficient. Apply online and Be ready to send a photo of your registration document.
 Gary
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Discovery 4 HSE 2016MY 
 
Post #234071528th Jun 2023 11:02 pm
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kajtzu
 


Member Since: 11 Aug 2017
Location: Helsinki
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Finland 2005 Discovery 3 4.4 V8 HSE Auto Cairns BlueDiscovery 3

Same goes for Germany, in case you happen to go there.
  
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D4mation
 


Member Since: 29 Jul 2011
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You need to add travel/health insurance to your list.
 MY12 D4 HSE Ipanema Sand  
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