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£105 fines at Dartford Crossing

Toll booths will be removed from the Dartford Crossing by 2014 Photo: Wikipedia

People who fail to pay tolls at the Dartford Crossing will have to pay a fine of up to £105, it has just been revealed.

The Highways Agency is consulting on how it will implement fines once toll booths are removed in 2014 as part of a scheme to speed up traffic.

They will be replaced with a electronic camera system.

Meridian revealed last month that a company is being sought to design, install and collect tolls for eight years in a contract that could be worth up to half a billion pounds. Drivers will be able to pay by telephone, text message, online, and at retail outlets.

An electronic system that debits a bank account of debit cars is also expected but details are still being worked out.

Proposals suggest drivers will have until midnight to pay the daily charge or 20% on top if paid thefollowing day.

After this the proposed penalty charge for non-payment would be £70, with a reduced rate of £35 if paid within 14 days. If the penalty is not paid within 28 days it is proposed that it would increase to £105.

Full details of the scheme can be viewed on the consultation page of the Highways Agency’s website, and at Dartford Borough Council and Thurrock Council offices.

Residents have until January 28, 2013, to comment on the proposals Credit: Wikipedia

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