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Up to 8,000 drivers a day are failing to pay the Dartford Crossing tolls since the barriers were done away with a month ago.
A new electronic scheme is now in operation with 85% paying the £2.50 charge for cars. It is similar to Congestion Charging in London.
The first penalty notices have just been sent out but initially offenders will have two weeks to pay the charge before they are fined.
Meanwhile the Highways Agency say there have been big savings in journey times with many trips on average speeded up by nine minutes.
There is still work needed to remove barriers and it is expected to be complete in the Spring.
Our transport correspondent Mike Pearse speaks to Nigel Gray from the Highways Agency.
One million vehicles are now registered to Dart Charge accounts with journey times significantly quicker, according to the Highways Agency.
Dart Charge, which is designed to speed up journey times at one of the UK’s busiest transport gateways, now allows drivers to use the crossing without having to pay the charge at a barrier.
Early data suggests drivers are already experiencing significant improvements, with average journey times between 7am and 7pm cut by more than 9 minutes southbound, and more than 4 minutes northbound when comparing the first two weeks of December and the end of November.
Around two million crossings have been made during the 6am-10pm chargeable period, and early indications show that to date around 85% of crossings have been paid for.