What is the Dartford Crossing?

People driving on the M25’s east side must be very much aware of how dreadful it is to go by the Dartford Crossing. The Dartford Crossing is a chief road crossing on the M25 motorway (the ring road around Greater London) in the UK. This busy passage features a two two-lane tunnel travelling northbound and another four-lane overpass travelling southbound. There is a cap on the speed limit and it’s just 50mph in both directions. The Dartford crossing is the only passage over the River Thames which connects Dartford in Kent and Thurrock in Essex. This passage is also a decisive section for travel locations such as the Dover and Channel Tunnel. The Dartford crossing is situated 20 miles from central London and, most people in London are aware of the fact that M25 can get extremely congested – predominantly during the morning and evening rush hours. The crossing uses automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras to record the entry; hence there are no ticket booths or barriers to go through. In case the Dartford crossing is closed, the only choice to travel will be through London itself or the other way around the M25.

PAY DARTFORD CROSSING CHARGE


Vehicles and their corresponding Dartford crossing charges

The Dartford Crossing was formerly a toll road but with the coming of an electric charging system in Nov-2014, commonly referred to as Dart Charge; the traffic management has become streamlined. The charges differ depending on the type of vehicle, unless a person is travelling between 10pm to 6am, when there are no charges. There are not charges if an individual rides a motorcycle, moped, or a motor tricycle. However, for other vehicles charges apply each day, including bank holidays and weekends, each time an individual takes the passage. It is imperative to pay by midnight, the day after a person crosses, as there is a fine for late payment. Individuals can also pay online through the Dart Charge service upto 12 months in advance and will no longer be required to pay at the barriers.

Charges

As stated earlier, the charges depend on the vehicle and whether an individual has an account. An individual can set up an account online and get discounts the next time they cross.

Cars and motorcycles

Vehicle class Type of vehicle One-off payment If an individual has an account
A Mopeds, motorcycles, and quad bikes Free Free
B Cars (including trailers), minibuses and motor-homes (vehicles with less than 9 seats including the driver’s) £2.50 £1.67

Buses, coaches, vans and other goods vehicles

Vehicle class Type of vehicle One-off payment If an individual has an account
C Two (2) axle vehicles £3.00 £2.63
D Vehicles with more than 2 axles £6.00 £5.19

The heavy goods vehicle (HGV) levy doesn’t include the Dartford Crossing charge.

Fines

Individuals will be fined if they don’t pay by midnight on the day after they passed the Dartford crossing. This is referred to as a Penalty Charge Notice and an individual can either pay or challenge the fine imposed. The fine amount is £70.o and must be paid within 28 days. However, the amount is reduced to £35.0 if an individual pays within 14 days else it is increased to £108.0 if not paid. Apart from the fine, an individual will also have to pay the crossing charge.

Paying the Dartford Crossing charge (Dart Charge)

Individual can sign into their Dart Charge account and use this service to:

  • set up an account and pre-pay the Dart charge to avail discount on every crossing; individuals can also apply for a local resident discount account
  • pay for a one-off crossing
  • check for the number of crossings the amount is paid for
  • pay or challenge a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN)

Other ways to pay

Individuals can either:

  • pay with cash at a payzone outlet
  • set up an account and apply for a local resident discount account by post
  • pay or set up an account by phone
  • top-up a Dart Charge account by post or pay in advance

Contact Dart Charge

Individuals can contact Dart Charge online , either by phone or post

Contact by phone – Dart Charge

Telephone number: 0300-300-0120

Textphone number: 18001-0300-300-0120

Calls can be made every-day, from 5am to midnight

Contact by post – Dart Charge

Dart Charge customer services

PO Box 842 Leeds LS1 9QF

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