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Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Tolls

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether he has made a recent estimate of the average balance of a Dartford River Crossing pre-payment Dart-Tag user's account in respect of each vehicle type. (309420)

The Department for Transport does not make estimates of average balances of Dartford River Crossing pre-payment Dart-Tag accounts.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the daytime charge for use of the Dartford River Crossing including discounts, was for each vehicle type (a) when a Dart-Tag was being used by a driver registered in (i) Dartford constituency, (ii) Thurrock constituency, (iii) Gravesham constituency and (iv) another area and (b) when a driver was not using a Dart-Tag in 1997; on what dates such charges have changed since 1997; and what the new charge was in each case. (309421)

The daytime charges for use of the Dartford River Crossing in 1997 were as follows:

£

Dartford Constituency

Thurrock Constituency

Gravesham Constituency

Other Areas

1997

Cash

Dart-tag

Cash

Dart-tag

Cash

Dart-tag

Cash

Dart-tag

Car

1

0.93p

1

0.93p

1

0.93p

1

0.93p

2 axle goods vehicles

1.80

1.67

1.80

1.67

1.80

1.67

1.80

1.67

Multi-axle vehicle

2.90

2.69

2.90

2.69

2.90

2.69

2.90

2.69

Charges effective from 15 November 2008

Car

1

1.50

1.00

1.50

1.00

2 axle goods vehicles

2.00

1.75

2.00

1.75

2.00

1.75

2.00

1.75

Multi-axle vehicles

3.70

3.20

13.70

3.20

3.70

3.20

3.70

3.20

1 For an Annual registration fee of 10.00, residents within Dartford and Thurrock council areas are entitled to make 50 free crossings each year and then pay 20p for each subsequent crossing.

Note:

Charge for towing a trailer or caravan was the same as charge of towing vehicle e.g. one car = two with caravan

In 1997 there were no discounts available to local residents and there was no differentiation between day and night time charges. Any vehicle towing a trailer or caravan was charged double the above amount.

Revised charges came into effect on 15 November 2008 and all vehicles became free of charge between 10pm and 6am. In addition, there is no longer a charge for towing a trailer/caravan.