How do I get my money back from Dart Charge?

If you have a Dart Charge account and haven’t used it for a while, you can check if it’s still active by logging in or phoning customer services on 0300 300 0120. If your account has been closed, or you want to close it yourself, you can request a refund by phoning this number.

Is Dartford Crossing still charging?

Dartford charge times It’s free to make the Thames crossing using the Dartford Tunnel or Queen Elizabeth II Bridge between 10pm and 6am. The same fees apply every day, including at weekends and on bank holidays.

How do I avoid paying the Dart Charge?

How to avoid paying the Dart Charge penalty fine

  1. Use the crossing between 10pm and 6am:
  2. Charges apply in each direction:
  3. Set up a Pre-pay Dart Charge account:
  4. Set up a Pay-as-you-go account:
  5. Pay in advance:
  6. Check a crossing payment has been accepted:
  7. Lodge an appeal:
  8. Get an extra 14 days to pay the original £2.50 toll:

How much did the Dartford Crossing cost?

The bridge was opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 30 October 1991. The total cost of construction was £120 million (£224 million in 2019), including £30 million (£52 million in 2019) for the approach roads.

What happens if you forget to pay Dart Charge?

A spokesman said: ‘The first penalty charge notice issued for any vehicle for non-payment of the charge will offer the driver an extra 14 days to pay – and pay for any crossings they have made since.

How do I appeal a Dartford Crossing fine?

To challenge the penalty charge, you will need to contact the charging authority within 28 days of the notice being served, quoting your penalty charge notice (PCN) number, and explain why you believe you should not pay. If your appeal is rejected, you can go to an independent adjudicator.

Do you have to pay Dart Charge both ways?

Northbound traffic uses the two, two-lane road tunnels known as the Dartford Tunnel. The tunnel was the only means of crossing before the bridge opened in 1991. A charge (toll) is payable in both directions.

Is the Dartford Crossing free for blue badge holders?

It is still free to use the crossing between 10 pm and 6 am. This is to reduce congestion and ease traffic flow. The Dart Charge scheme includes new payment arrangements, which were introduced on 30 November 2014. You may not have to pay the charge if you don’t pay vehicle tax because you’re disabled.

What happens if you forget to pay Dartford Crossing?

Fines. You can get a £70 fine if you do not pay the charge. You must pay it within 28 days.

What happens if you dont pay Dartford Crossing?

What happens if you don’t pay the Dart Charge? If you use the Dartford Crossing and don’t pay the Dart Charge, you’ll be liable for a £70 penalty charge sent to the address your vehicle is registered to. This’ll halve if you pay it within 14 days, but increases to £105 if you don’t pay.

Who gets the Dartford toll money?

Over 100,000 people use the Highways England operated Dartford Crossing every day, making it a lucrative source of money for the government. With the UK’s average salary at £29,900 and the bridge bringing in £92 million, that means that the Dartford Crossing makes 3077 times this in a year.

Why is Dartford Crossing not M25?

Despite all the hype, the M25 isn’t even a full circle. The Dartford Crossing (comprising the Dartford Tunnels and the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge) over the Thames in the east and its approach roads are designated A282, because the first Tunnel was built in the 1960s as a local connection.

When was Dartford Crossing supposed to be free?

In February 1999, the government announced the Dartford Crossing would be free of toll charges by the end of 2003. Motoring organisations – and drivers themselves – welcomed the news. But in 2001, it was revealed that the government had backtracked out of the initial agreement, and there was outrage from all angles.

How much does it cost to cross Dartford Bridge?

The website charges £7.50 for a single crossing fee. The normal rate, paid using the government website, is £2.50, or £2 for drivers with an account. Video shows extent of huge fire visible from the Dartford Crossing.

When did the Dartford Tunnel tolls go up?

The Dartford Tunnel Act 1967 gave Kent and Essex County Councils authority to change the tolls, and in December 1977, the toll was raised from 25p to 35p for cars, 40p to 55p for 2 axle goods vehicles, and 60p to 85p for HGVs. By 1984, the toll for cars had risen to 60p.

Which is the best way to pay Dart Charge?

But a spokesman did caution drivers not to risk using services like it: “We urge all our customers to be wary of using unofficial sites to pay their Dart Charge. “Unofficial websites may overcharge you and could even be a scam. “The best way to pay Dart Charge is to deal with us direct.