Dartford Crossing to take a greater toll in 2014

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Tolls are to increase 25% at the Dartford Crossing from October 2014 as new technology is introduced to reduce congestion.

Barriers and toll booths, the main source of restricting traffic flows, are due to be removed as a new system of monitoring traffic via number plate recognition is ushered in. Drivers are urged to pay in advance either online or by mobile phone. Some shops and filling stations will also have pre-pay facilities available. An automatically issued £70 fine is being introduced for non-payment. This can be reduced to £35 for prompt payment but increases to £105 if not paid within 28 days.

The fee for cars will rise to £2.50 while commercial vehicles increase to £3 for two-axle vehicles and £6 for multi-axle vehicles. Motorcycles continue to use the crossing free. Discounts are available to regular users, local residents and through the DART Tag scheme.