The form changes, not the content. The government is redesigning the map for large families while taking over from SNCF, with a stated desire to double the number of beneficiaries. Starting January 2, 2023, this card, created in 1921 and offering discounts on train tickets, can be ordered on the new digital portal.. It will then be released within one to three weeks by the National Printing House.
The creation of the file will be 100% digital, whereas previously it had to be completed by hand before being mailed. Similarly, the card, which until now was only physical, will now have a digital version available on every family member’s smartphone.
There are currently 850,000 beneficiaries.
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“We have two clear goals: to make everyday life easier for households and to act in the interests of their purchasing power. However, too many eligible families do not use this card. We must democratize it more,” the Ministry of Transport insists. The government hopes to double the number of beneficiaries, which currently stands at 850,000. The administration fees for a card valid for three years will be reduced from 19 euros to 18 euros.
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“The procedure was too cumbersome and complicated. It was important to do everything possible so that all families could access it and thus reduce their costs,” explains Laure Mondet, case manager at the National Union of Family Associations (UNAF), who was involved in the development of the service.
So until that time it was managed and distributed by SNCF. The current rail group inquiry service will be closed on December 5th. This change in distributor is attributed to the opening up of competition in the rail sector, which “forced the state to regain control,” says Laure Monde. The benefits will apply to rail competitors such as Trenitalia. »
From 30% to 75% on the train and 50% on the RATP network in Ile-de-France.
Pending the change of operator taking effect, customers traveling on the SNCF network with a large family card expiring between December 1, 2022 and January 31, 2023 “will not be fined on board trains during these two months “, he assures. Ministry of transportation.
Despite this new distribution method, the eligibility requirements and benefits of the card remain unchanged. It will remain available to all families with at least three minor children and will continue to offer a train fare discount of 30 to 75% depending on the number of dependent children. In Île-de-France, the reduction is 50% on the SNCF and RATP networks.
Discounts from 70 partners: optics, recreation, tourism, etc.
A boon at a time when the railway group decided to increase their rates by an average of 5%. “This card is an incentive to increase train travel., Support the Ministry of Transport. We need to develop its use, so we need to make it more accessible. »
The card also covers other services and products besides rail transport. “We have a network of 70 partners that the card works with,” Laure Monde says. It can really help families with their day to day expenses. » In all areas: childcare, leisure, travel, clothing, health… At Optic Mutualists, for example, a 15% discount and the same for a ticket at the Futuroscope, 8% at Puy du Fou, discounts on fares at CGR movie theaters or free tutoring lessons.