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GG33

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770 posts

84 months

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Wednesday 8th August 2012 quote quote all
I heard recently that sanef have changed the way they charge for french toll transponders - there is a new UK company (or something)
My question is: Do the old style white transponders still work? I think its called a 'Melodhy' and debits my credit card. Havn't used it for about 18 months anf just need to check prior to an upcoming trip.

Cheers

GG

billy no brakes

1,474 posts

148 months

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Wednesday 8th August 2012 quote quote all
If you go on Sanefs web site they now have an English section which will direct you to the new office in GB, you have do apply for a new transponder which is a third of the size of the old one, you will have to send back the old one to France and as you already are a member you don,t have pay deposit for the transpoder

The Leaper

1,999 posts

89 months

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Wednesday 8th August 2012 quote quote all
Here you go:

https://ww.saneftolling.co.uk

I've had oa Sanef transpnder from their UK office for 18 months, works well. Give them a call, they are very helpful.

R.

Lensey

2,405 posts

166 months

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Monday 13th August 2012 quote quote all
I used mine (thats registered in France and debited to my credit card) in June without any problems?

Irish

3,932 posts

122 months

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Friday 17th August 2012 quote quote all
Yep, as long as you original CC is valid and the battery hasn't died - it is fine.

Drove back from Bordeaux yesterday. No issues.
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Lensey

2,405 posts

166 months

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Friday 7th September 2012 quote quote all
What happends when the battery dies, will they not replace the transponder and make you sign up with the UK branch?

James P

2,341 posts

120 months

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Friday 7th September 2012 quote quote all
Lensey said:
What happends when the battery dies, will they not replace the transponder and make you sign up with the UK branch?
I had an old style one linked to a credit card that had expired. I dropped into the Reims office a couple of months ago when I was passing and got it replaced with a new transponder and linked it to my UK bank account by debit card.

Lensey

2,405 posts

166 months

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Sunday 9th September 2012 quote quote all
James P said:
I had an old style one linked to a credit card that had expired. I dropped into the Reims office a couple of months ago when I was passing and got it replaced with a new transponder and linked it to my UK bank account by debit card.
Did they insist on linking it to your UK bank account by debit card or do you know if they would've accepted your new CC details?

Irish

3,932 posts

122 months

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Sunday 9th September 2012 quote quote all
Lensey said:
Did they insist on linking it to your UK bank account by debit card or do you know if they would've accepted your new CC details?
The accepted my new CC details in June of this year.

PGM

1,738 posts

132 months

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Sunday 9th September 2012 quote quote all
My card expired and they sent a letter, I filled the form in with my new card details and sent it back last year.

Used it a couple of times since then no problem, although I'm guessing a new transponder may be required soon as mine must be at least 3 years old now.

lowdrag

6,728 posts

96 months

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Monday 10th September 2012 quote quote all
The old larger transponders had a short battery life - I know because mine died before I got to the exit at Le Mans one rainy night at midnight. The new smaller one has lasted about six years with no problems.

As a tip, they give out a beep when you pass through the scanner. If it doesn't beep (as mine didn't) it still lasts some time but you have been warned it is about to give up the ghost.

PGM

1,738 posts

132 months

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Monday 10th September 2012 quote quote all
lowdrag said:
The old larger transponders had a short battery life - I know because mine died before I got to the exit at Le Mans one rainy night at midnight. The new smaller one has lasted about six years with no problems.

As a tip, they give out a beep when you pass through the scanner. If it doesn't beep (as mine didn't) it still lasts some time but you have been warned it is about to give up the ghost.
Thanks, that's a good tip.

When you say about the large and the small one, I'm not sure which one I have - it must be approx 50mm BY 20mm and 7 or 8mm thick?

lowdrag

6,728 posts

96 months

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Monday 10th September 2012 quote quote all
If they are that small now I should get a new one! It's clear that you have a modern one which lasts longer - the old ones were much bigger than that.

billy no brakes

1,474 posts

148 months

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Monday 10th September 2012 quote quote all
lowdrag said:
If they are that small now I should get a new one! It's clear that you have a modern one which lasts longer - the old ones were much bigger than that.
Yes they are much smaller and fit behind the mirror on my Cerbera much better, sorry about the photo but in garage and 2 other cars need to be moved

nutsytvr

202 posts

81 months

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Friday 14th September 2012 quote quote all
Hey Guys

Thanks very much for this - I didn't know you could get these ae a UK resident. Really useful - just applied.

On my own in the TVR is a real pain at the toll booths in France - and even worse in the beemer towing the caravan. Getting near enough the pay machine for a VERY small wife to lean out and pay is really difficult, especially with extended towing mirrors.

Nutsytvr

Dblue

2,220 posts

83 months

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Friday 14th September 2012 quote quote all
nutsytvr said:
Hey Guys

Thanks very much for this - I didn't know you could get these ae a UK resident. Really useful - just applied.

On my own in the TVR is a real pain at the toll booths in France - and even worse in the beemer towing the caravan. Getting near enough the pay machine for a VERY small wife to lean out and pay is really difficult, especially with extended towing mirrors.

Nutsytvr
You don't even have to stop most of the time, just drive through at walking pace. Cushty.

silverthorn2151

4,128 posts

62 months

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Monday 17th September 2012 quote quote all
nutsytvr said:
and even worse in the beemer towing the caravan. Getting near enough the pay machine for a VERY small wife to lean out and pay is really difficult, especially with extended towing mirrors.
Not sure you can use them while towing. No doubt someone will be along shortly to confirm.

Had my doofah since January but changes of plans mean I've still not used it!

lowdrag

6,728 posts

96 months

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Monday 17th September 2012 quote quote all
Don't know where you get the idea you can't use them when towing. Another urban myth I suppose, but to clear things up I've towed the race car all over France with nary a problem. I wouldn't be without it, not because my every day car is RHD (it isn't) but because in peak periods you avoid the queues. Mind you, in a RHD car, with racing harness on, it really proves its worth!

silverthorn2151

4,128 posts

62 months

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Monday 17th September 2012 quote quote all
lowdrag said:
Don't know where you get the idea you can't use them when towing. Another urban myth I suppose, but to clear things up I've towed the race car all over France with nary a problem. I wouldn't be without it, not because my every day car is RHD (it isn't) but because in peak periods you avoid the queues. Mind you, in a RHD car, with racing harness on, it really proves its worth!
See, knew someone would know. thumbup How does it know if you are towing?

lowdrag

6,728 posts

96 months

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Monday 17th September 2012 quote quote all
It doesn't! So many people here have trailers and caravans, so it's an all-inclusive package. I must admit to having the same worries when i first towed the big trailer and car, but it just recognises the transponder. oh, and to clear up another one, the Memsab and I have a system where I pay the diesel and she the toll fees, so it doesn't recognise the car either and it can be used how you want. It's a personal property, not appertaining to a particular vehicle.
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