Leader of the Havering Residents’ Group, Cllr Clarence Barrett, hits out over plans to increase toll charge at Dartford Crossing
PUBLISHED: 12:27 01 August 2013 | UPDATED: 12:28 01 August 2013
A Havering councillor has slammed government plans to increase the toll charge at the Dartford Crossing despite the planned removal of the physical booths.
Cllr Clarence Barrett, leader of the Residents’ Group and representative of the Cranham ward, said removing the booths would be a step in the right direction, but the toll charge should be scrapped altogether.
The booths will go by October next year to ease congestion, with the charge rising from £2 to £2.50.
Cllr Barrett, who has spearheaded a long-running campaign to remove the charges, said: “While the removal of the physical tolls will undoubtedly relieve congestion and is welcome, the toll charge itself should also be removed.
“It seems incredibly ironic that the government are now removing the tolls to ease congestion when, for many years, they said the tolls were needed to control congestion.”
Motorists will have until midnight the following day to pay the toll by phone, text message, online or at selected shops.
The penalty charge will be £70, but it will decrease to £35 if paid within 14 days.
If the penalty is not paid in 28 days, the amount will rise to £105.
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