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Sep 21

New Dart Charge Explained

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New Dart ChargeIf you are planning on taking a trip this autumn and will be travelling from one of the airports found in the South East, chances are you are going to be using the Dartford Crossing.
 
Which also in turn means you need to be aware of the new and big payment changes that have come into force – affecting the way that you will pay.
 
Now, on the spot payments have been abolished and instead, users will have to pay via a new schemed, called the Dart Charge.
 
Here we have more information about this new change...

What is the new change?

The new change means that drivers can no longer pay for the Dartford Crossing charge at the barriers – this applies to both the bridge and the tunnel. Instead, drivers will now have to pay in advance or by midnight the night after the journey. 

How do I pay?

There are a number of different methods available for payment. These include: 

  • pre-pay account
  • online payment
  • pay in advance for one off use
  • phone payment
  • Payzone retail outlet
  • postal payment 

I’m currently exempt from paying – has this changed?

No, if you are currently exempt from paying the charge, this will still remain the case. This also includes any exemption for vehicles that are also exempt from paying road tax as they are used for disabled persons. If in doubt, contact the DVLA to check the status of your vehicles exemption before using the crossing. 

Can I cross free at night? 

Yes – the crossing is still free at night between 10pm and 6am, every day.

Why is this change taking place?

According to the Government, the work will help the bottleneck on the M25 and will work to ease the congestion. 

What if I forget to pay? 

If you forget to pay, you will be issued with a fine, as outlined below:

  • Non-payment after one day: £70.00 – this is reduced to £35.00 if paid within 14 days
  • Increased to £105.00 if not paid within 28 days

Image credit: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/68/Dartford_Crossing_Toll.jpg

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