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Fines at Dartford Crossing could reach over a hundred pounds

PEOPLE who fail to pay tolls at the Dartford Crossing will have to pay a fine of up to £105, it has just been revealed.

The Highways Agency is consulting on how it will implement fines once toll booths are removed in 2014 as part of a scheme to speed up traffic.

They will be replaced with a electronic camera system.

Meridian revealed last month that a company is being sought to design, install and collect tolls for eight years in a contract that could be worth up to half a billion pounds. Drivers will be able to pay by telephone, text message, online, and at retail outlets.

An electronic system that debits a bank account of debit cars is also expected but details are still being worked out.

Proposals suggest drivers will have until midnight to pay the daily charge or 20% on top if paid thefollowing day.

After this the proposed penalty charge for non-payment would be £70, with a reduced rate of £35 if paid within 14 days. If the penalty is not paid within 28 days it is proposed that it would increase to £105.

Full details of the scheme can be viewed on the consultation page of the Highways Agency’s website, and at Dartford Borough Council and Thurrock Council offices.

1 COMMENT

  1. The article says “Proposals suggest drivers will have until midnight to pay the daily charge or 20% on top if paid thefollowing day.” That’s idiotic. So, somebody who has driven up from the souch coast on their way to Manchester and goes through the tunnel at 9.55pm will be charged an extra 20% for not paying by midnight when they won’t be home until long after then? The same in reverse if somebody is going the other way at a similar time is expected to get out of their car and go straight to the PC (or whatever) to sort out paying a toll? No, it has to be within 24 hours of making the crossing, it’s the only way that’s fair.

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