Dartford Crossing to lose £6million a year with new payment method - Highways Agency
PUBLISHED: 12:33 17 July 2013 | UPDATED: 12:33 17 July 2013
The Dartford Crossing will lose £6million a year in unpaid tolls once a new charging method comes into place next year, according to the Highways Agency.
Barriers will be removed from October 2014 and drivers will be recorded via number-plate recognition cameras. They will also be urged to pay before they travel.
A Highways Agency spokesman said it would use penalty and recovery processes to recover charges owed and they have estimated that the crossing will have a 93 per cent compliance rate.
The Dartford to Thurrock crossing, consisting of the Queen Elizabeth Bridge and two tunnels, is used by 140,000 vehicles a day.
The reason for removing the tolls is to ease congestion, say the Highways Agency.