20 per cent increase for Dart Charge users

20 per cent increase for Dart Charge users

Motorists using the Dartford Crossing face a 20 per cent cost increase when using a pre-paid account.

Users of the Dart Charge account system will pay £2 per use of the tunnel or bridge when the new rate kicks in from October 1. This is compared to the £1.67 currently paid.

It is also possible to pay £2.50 online on a trip-by-trip basis. This cost will remain the same.

Drivers who fail to pay the charge by midnight the day after the trip are liable to a penalty fare.

Highways England announced the change last Monday [August 13].

Valerie Amar-Matthews, of Highways England, 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.

“After nine years of operating a 33 per cent 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.”

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