Dartford Crossing - Dart Charge changes
Did you know about the Dart Charge changes?
Going south of the river or heading ‘oop North’ in the near future? Using the Dartford Crossing to get to an airport perhaps? Okay, then you’ll need to know about new Dart Charge changes (and how to save money on the crossing, too). We’ve found answers for you, to some frequently asked questions:
- How do the Dart Charge changes work?
- When do I have to pay the Dart Charge?
- When does the toll apply to the Dartford Crossing?
- What happens if I don’t pay the Dart Charge?
How do the Dart Charge changes work?
The Dart Charge is very much like the Congestion Charge. A scanner reads your number plate (or your ‘Dart tag’, if you have one), and makes a note you’ve used the Dartford Crossing. Previously, you had to stop your car at a barrier to pay the toll. Now though, you can pay online, by phone, by post or by using one of many retail outlets nationwide – before you get to the river.
Dartford charge money saving tip:
If you set up a Dart Charge pre-pay account, you’ll save up to 1/3 on every crossing.
When do I have to pay the Dart Charge?
You should pay in advance for your crossing. But if you do forget, you’ll still be allowed to cross the river and then expected to pay for that crossing before midnight the next day.
When does the toll apply to the Dartford Crossing?
You have to pay the toll if you cross the river using Dartford Crossing between 6am -10pm every day (it’s still free between 10pm and 6am).
Can I use cash instead?
No, the cash collection points have been removed. Everything’s automated now, which should mean cars travel faster through the toll.
What happens if I don’t pay the Dart Charge?
You’ll get a penalty notice through the post for £70, which must be paid within 28 days (although that’s reduced to £35 if you pay within 14 days). You also have to pay the crossing charge you missed.
Where do I pay the Dart Charge?
- Make one-off payments online at https://www.gov.uk/pay-dartford-crossing-charge
- Over the phone, call 0300 300 0120
- At one of 18,000 Payzone outlets
For more information
Information correct as of Feb 2015.