on the new payment system for the Dartford Crossing on the M25|
Moyse highlights an online update on the new charging system at the Dartford Crossing
which is due to go live at 6.00am on Sunday 30th November 2014. Online
the crossing charge and the penalty charges will apply to both UK and overseas
August 2014 Brian Moyse has sent in a news item saying "somewhat South and
East biased, but equally of interest to our continental friends and anyone coming
from the north or east of the UK and heading clockwise around the M25 for Eurotunnel
or the Channel Ports and vice versa. The new charging system will mean the charge
is no longer collected at toll booths at the crossing and will be based on something
similar to that used for the Central London congestion charge."
the earlier NEWS item
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Charge launches on 30th November 2014
The new remote payment at the Dartford
Crossing over the Thames to the east of London known as the Dart Charge begins
on on Sunday 30th November 2014. You will no longer pay for the Dartford Crossing
at the barriers. This will help reduce congestion at the crossing. It will still
be free to use the crossing between 10pm and 6am. The last cash payment will be
taken at the crossing at around 10pm on Saturday 29th November. The Dart Charge
will begin at 6am on 30 November. You should continue to pay at the barrier or
use your existing account until 30 November 2014.
Moyse highlights an online
update on the new charging system at the Dartford Crossing. He says "the
update gives the details and provides links to the methods of payment and to a
registration system for setting up a |
prepayment account. I have recently set
up a prepayment account and it is a straightforward process, the minimum prepayment
balance is £10.00 (by credit/debit card). You can arrange for auto-top up
of an account as your balance decreases in use, by providing bank account details/direct
debit instructions. I decided to stick with credit card top-ups until I can be
sure the new system is working properly! Prepayment account holders get a reduced
one-way crossing charge for a car of £1.67, the full rate (applicable from
30th November 2014) will be £2.50 each way, so a 33% discount."
If you are travelling on the M25 and using the Dartford
Crossing over the River Thames to the east of London, then you need to know
that from the end of November 2014 there are changes being introduced to the way
you pay the crossing charge. You will
no longer pay at the barriers; instead youll be able to pay in advance,
or before midnight the day after crossing. Drivers who dont pay will face
a penalty charge - the charges will apply to both UK and overseas drivers.
The new scheme is known as Dart Charge and will help to reduce congestion
at the crossing. It will still be free to use the crossing between 10pm and 6am.
A new payment system called Dart Charge
is being introduced which
means that drivers will no longer stop to pay at the barriers but instead
they will be able to pay in advance or by midnight the day after their journey.
As motorists make a crossing, number plate reading cameras (automatic number plate
readers or APNR), lasers and DART tag readers will identify their vehicle to see
how much they need to pay. The system then takes the money from their account
or waits to receive payment from them. If they do not pay in time they will receive
a penalty charge notice. This will apply to both UK and foreign vehicles. It will
still be free to use the Dartford Crossing between 10pm and 6am and discounts
for local residents will remain. A Dart Charge account offers a discount of up
to a third and means drivers dont need to remember to pay, as it can be
automatically topped up.
How to pay the Dart Charge
way to pay is using a pre pay account. This saves you up to a third on each crossing.
Local residents will need a prepay account to access the local residents
discount scheme. You can top up your prepay account manually or set up automatic
top-ups. You can register more than one vehicle to your account. Alternatively
once Dart Charge is in place you will be able to make one-off payments in advance
or by midnight the day after crossing using these options:
> online at
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
Why is this
change being introduced?
The Highways Agency says these
changes are part of a major road improvement to reduce congestion at the Dartford
Crossing. These changes will
improve traffic flow, reduce journey times, and bring about significant benefits
to motorists, both locally and from much further afield. Its one of the
countrys most congested parts of the road network, and were serious
about tackling the problem.
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