New Dart Charge reaches one million drivers

One million vehicles are now registered to Dart Charge accounts with journey times significantly quicker according to new data released today by the Highways Agency.

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Nearly 8000 drivers a day evading new Dartford scheme

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.

The HA say the scheme is all about cutting congestion and is working well. Credit: Dartford Crossing

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.

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