Before using the Autoroute Blanche (A40) or the Mont Blanc Tunnel, here is what you need to know.
Heavy goods vehicles on the Autoroute Blanche (A40)
Review the information that concerns you:
Did you know ?
There are 2,430 heavy goods vehicles on the Autoroute Blanche (A40) every day, composing 9% of its traffic.
Heavy weight vehicles in the Mont Blanc Tunnel
The following are prohibited in the Mont Blanc Tunnel:
- Vehicles that cannot reach or maintain a speed of 50 km/h
- Vehicles carrying dangerous goods as determined by the European Agreement concerning the International Transportation of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR)
- Vehicles transporting merchandise over 3.5 tonnes PTAC (Gross Vehicle Weight) and classified as EURO 0, 1, or 2
- Vehicles carrying fuel in addition to what is in their tanks,
- Vehicles whose height exceeds 4.70 m
- Bicycles, mopeds and cars without registrations
Since 2002, safety regulations require refrigeration trucks going through the Mont Blanc Tunnel to be accompanied by an escort.
Before entering the tunnel, heavy goods vehicles must register with the regulation and control areas in Passy Le Fayet (France) or Aosta (Italy). They then receive a ticket to certify their compliance with the conditions for transit through the Tunnel.
Speed and distance
Speed: in the Tunnel, the maximum speed is 70 km/h and the minimum speed is 50 km/h for vehicles of any kind.
Distance: in the Tunnel, a distance of 150 m must be maintained between two vehicles of any kind.
What about traffic and closures ?
To see the real-time traffic situation :
For transportation professionals, review the calendar for nights with closures or detours.
For heavy goods vehicles, it is essential to know the specific days when trucks are prohibited in France and Italy. This is generally during peak tourist traffic days: school holidays, public holidays, religious holidays.
What about fees and subscriptions ?
One way fee (January 1, 2015): €160.50 (20% VAT included)
Round trip fee (January 1, 2015): €249.80 (20% VAT included)
Note : the round trip fee gives a 75% discount on the return fee, the return leg to be taken no later than the 6th day at 11:59 pm after the initial trip.
Accepted payment methods: cash + card
The subscription allows heavy goods vehicles to take the Mont Blanc tunnel (and the Fréjus Tunnel) by using a post-payment card and to obtain up to a 13% discount on the subscription.
This card is available from the GEIE-TMB: Platform south of the Mont Blanc Tunnel, 74400 Chamonix. Tel. 33(0) 4 50 55 39 36.
Did you know ?
Coaches carrying passengers are regulated by the operator so that two coaches cannot be simultaneously within an area of 1200 m in each direction. If there is heavy coach traffic, these are organized in accompagnied convoys, and vehicles or all heavy goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes are prohibited in the tunnel during the passage of these convoys.