130,000 avoid Dartford crossing toll in first month

Road User Charging

Over 130,000 drivers have failed to pay the £2.50 (€3.40) fee during the Dartford crossing’s first month of free-flow operation. Toll booths on the bridge were scrapped on 30th November in favour of a new free flow system. Drivers are now encouraged to pay either online, via telephone or by opening an account. During the month of December, 130,306 users, approximately one in seven, were sent penalty charge notices. UK interest groups were horrified to learn that foreign vehicles were responsible for nearly 19,000 of the non-payments. British car drivers who fail to pay the toll automatically face a fine of £105 (€143), whereas foreign drivers are getting away scot free.

Article originally from Mail Online, 26th February 2015