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Dart Charge for cars to increase 20% for pre-pay account holders

Car drivers using the Dartford Crossing who have signed up to the Dart Charge pre-pay account are to face a 20% increase in their fares.

The increase – up from £1.67 to £2 – will take effect on October 1 and follows a review by Highways England into how fairly the benefits to account holders are spread across different vehicle types.

The changes have aligned the rate for Class B – which includes cars, motorhomes and any minibuses that have nine or less seats (including the driver’s seat) – more closely to Classes C and D.

All other vehicle classes are unaffected by the change, and all standard rate charges are unaffected.

A Highways England spokesman said: “More than a million people are eligible to save money on every crossing at Dartford after having signed up to the Dart Charge pre-pay account.

“With more than 55 million vehicles travelling over Dartford Crossing every year, there is an ongoing need to manage increasing demand at the crossing.

“After nine years of operating a 33% discount for cars, the Department for Transport has reviewed how fairly the benefits to account holders are spread across different vehicle types and have aligned the Class B rate more closely to Classes C and D.

“From October 1, 2018, the new discounted rate for Class B vehicles at the Dartford Crossing will be £2.”

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  • Steve Frazer-Brown - 22/08/2018 12:41

    Just another back-door taxation increase.

  • maria.cole_spoortech.com - 22/08/2018 12:56

    How about before they put the cost up: 1) Find at way to identify vehicles with foreign plates, who get away without paying! 2) Improve the road AGAIN to ensure NO DELAYS are encountered, like it should be when the toll booths were removed! 3) When there is some sort of obstruction, DO NOT close the bridge or tunnel, move it over so drivers can continue on their journey. 4) The slip road from the roundabout under the bridge (Essex side) leading up to the A13 roundabout has gone from two lanes into one lane, blocked every single eveniing! Was never blocked before the road works was done. Whoever is responsible is making drivers time on the road in that area a misery! Its not diffucult to see that the changes that have been made are not working and needs a re-think. Whenever anyone mentions the bridge or the tunnel, people are filled with have dread and allow an additional 2 hours to their journey....JUST IN CASE! Its an absolute Circus!

  • Colin Patison - 25/08/2018 01:13

    I thought the toll was to be dropped once the cost of building the crossing had been met by the tolls. Selling the crossing operation to a French company, wasn't in the original script either.

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