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Dartford Crossing ‘Dart Charge’ Changes

Roadworks have already begun ahead of the Dart Charge, which is due to commence from Sunday 30 November 2014.

The main road works will begin on Friday 28 November and will include multiple lane closures, both northbound and southbound, on the A282, with drivers diverted through the Blackwall tunnel to reach the M25 in some instances.

The work has been scheduled to run for three weeks and will be to finalise the new road layout and removal of the booths and widening of the road for oversized vehicles.
Work to install the technology behind the new payment system was completed earlier this year with two gantries erected over the road in May.

What is Dart Charge?

From Friday 30 November 2014, there will be no payment taken at toll booths for the crossing charge, instead, you are now required to pay in advance of your travel (or by midnight on the following day of your journey).

Will this affect my journey time?

All the work is being planned to minimise the disruption while ensuring that the Crossing remains safe for all road users. The advanced work on the new payment system should have little or no impact on your journey.

How much do you pay?

Charges from 30 November 2014 (current charge)

  • Cars £2.50 (£2.00)
  • 2 axle goods £3.00 (£2.50)
  • Multi-axle goods £6.00 (£5.00)

It will continue to be free to use the crossing between 22:00 and 06:00.

There are some exemptions for this crossing charge.

 

This includes vehicles that are exempt from paying the Vehicle Excise Duty because they are used by or for disabled person(s). The full list can be located in the legislation.

How do you pay?

There are several ways you can do this but the cheapest way to pay is using a pre-pay account as this includes up to a third off the price. Alternatively:

 

  • online at: www.gov.uk/dart-charge
  • over the phone by calling: 0300 300 0120
  • via a payzone retail outlet
  • by post (in advance only): Dart Charge Customer Services, PO Box 842, Leeds LS1 9QF

What if I forget to pay?

There will be no facility at all for any users to pay as they approach or leave the crossing, so all payments must be done remotely.

Anyone not compliant with this, will be dealt with by penalty charge notice, with those for non-UK vehicles being issued via a European debt recovery agency.

 

For more information

For further information on this new payment scheme, visit the Highways Agency website.

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