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Dartford Crossing penalty fines up to £105

PUBLISHED: 10:40 02 November 2012

Drivers could be fined up to £105 for failing to pay the Dartford Crossing toll when the new electronic charging system is introduced next autumn.

Free-flow technology will mean motorists will pay via telephone, text message, online or at retail outlets rather than having to stop at barriers to hand over payment.

Road users will be encouraged to pay the charge in advance, but can be paid at the standard rate up to midnight on the day of using the crossing.

After that, under current proposals there will be a 20 per cent penalty charge if paid the following day.

If left unpaid a penalty charge would be £70, reduced to £35 if paid within 14 days, but after 28 days this would increase to £105.

Discounts will remain for those who qualify for the Local Residents’ Discount Scheme and those using DART-Tag.

The Department for Transport has launched a consultation to give local residents a chance to comment on the proposals, which is open from Monday 5 to January 28.

To have your say visit highways.gov.uk/consultations.

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