Dartford Crossing Issue 3.5m Fines!
It is quite staggering that nearly 3.5m fines have been issued to drivers for not paying the Dartford Crossing charge since the toll booths were removed nearly two years ago. Even more worrying is that, of the 3.5m, 745,000 relate to foreign vehicles. The outstanding ‘continental’ fines have been referred to the European debt recovery agency, but with little hope of success I would suggest. Rather than pursuing foreign vehicles for debt once they have been and gone, we should introduce a system whereby vehicles registered overseas must pay a deposit upon entry to the country and any tolls or fines are deducted from this sum. Any balance, full or partial, would then be credited back via an electronic payment system upon departure.
Cllr Clarence Barrett