Dart Charge replaces toll booths at Dartford Crossing

  • Vans and pickups now pay same rate
  • Must pay by midnight the following day
  • Up to a £105 fine for late payment

For many van drivers in and around the capital, the Dartford Crossing is synonymous with congestion and queues, and is seen as a hurdle that must be avoided at all costs. However, crossings have been a lot quicker since the toll booths were scrapped in November 2015.

Nine minutes is the figure officials are giving as the time saved since the new ‘Dart Charge’ was introduced. Around 15 percent of motorists are not paying the charge though, so this article aims to explain how and where to pay, and how to save a bit of money along the way.

How much is the Dart Charge?

A single crossing will set van drivers back £3, just 50p more than the car charge, between the hours of 6am and 10pm. Crossings are free outside those hours, although you will have to pay twice for a return fair.

There is a discounted rate of £2.63 for payments made prior to crossing and for account holders. Local residents who pay council tax to Thurrock or Dartford council have a choice of paying either £10 per year and 20p per crossing or £20 and unlimited crossings.

Where can I pay the Dart Charge?

The Dart Charge can be paid online, over the phone or at a Payzone terminal. You have until midnight of the following day to pay.

What happens if I don’t pay the Dart Charge?

If payment isn’t made before midnight the following day, you will receive a £35 fine, which itself is only valid for 14 days. If this is ignored, the fine is hiked to £70 and £105 if over 28 days.