Fuel Traders Association welcome Dartford decision

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has welcomed a move to scrap planned increases to the toll rates on the Dartford Crossing in Kent.

A hike had been expected this month and also next spring, but this will now not go ahead reports the fuelcard website.

Currently, lorry drivers have to pay £3.70 to use the Dartford-Thurrock Crossing and this was scheduled to go up to £5 by the end of the year and then to £6 in 2012.

Transport minister Mike Penning has announced the strength of feeling against the adjustment during a consultation phase led to the decision to shelve the move, but head of road network management at the FTA Malcolm Bingham wants the prices to remain as they are permanently.

“The proposed 60 per cent hike is astronomical and comes at a time of massive fuel price pressure too,” he remarked.

Around 87 per cent of FTA members labelled the Dartford Crossing as the most expensive congestion pinch point in the UK and the RAC Foundation recently stated the government needs to boost road infrastructure in order to accommodate the growing number cars being bought.

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