Dartford Crossing having a Fine Time!
Figures recently released show that over £160m was raised through the Dartford Toll last year, up by £60m from the previous year. However, it seems that £53m of the £160m was actually raised through issuing fines as a result of non-payment. However, since the introduction of free-flow system in late 2014, overseas motorists and truck drivers owe some £81m as a result of non-payment. The debt has been passed on to the European Debt Recovery Agency, but with little hope of recovery. Perhaps there could be some form of on-line deposit scheme for overseas vehicles entering the country and any fines, tolls or other road related charges are automatically deducted – thereby avoiding the cost and time associated with chasing debts across the continent?
Cllr Clarence Barrett