Dartford Crossing to become toll-booth free
PUBLISHED: 15:27 11 July 2013 | UPDATED: 15:27 11 July 2013
The Dartford Crossing barriers between Kent and Essex will be removed next October, the Department of Transport said.
It will become toll-booth free and the new charging system is aiming to ease congestion.
It follows two consultations which despite receiving overall support from the public for the legal measures to support the new way of charging at the bridge and tunnel, they received less than 100 responses.
Roads minister Stephen Hammond said: “The Dartford Crossing is vital to the local and national economy and introducing free-flow technology will cut congestion and improve journeys for the thousands of motorists and businesses who use the Crossing every day.
“We are now able to take forward the legislation to make sure charges will be able to be effectively enforced once free-flow charging at the crossing is introduced next year.”
Drivers will be encouraged to pay the charge before they use the crossing but changes made as a result of the consultations will mean that motorists will have longer to pay the standard charge - until midnight the day after using the route.
The penalty charge for non-payment will be £70, with a reduced rate of £35 if paid within 14 days of receiving it. If the penalty is not paid within 28 days it would increase to £105.