|Stop the Dartford Crossing Toll Charges !|
|sign our petition to ask for the toll charges to be scrapped|
We believe that the Dartford crossing tolls should be scrapped to end terrible rush-hour queues.
The Government pledged that they would drop the toll charges - £1 for cars and £2.90 for trucks - when construction costs for the tunnel and bridge were paid off, but since the Dartford Crossing went into profit in 2004 they remained in place.
more than 145000 motorists use the Dartford crossings each year, contributing more than £60 million to the Treasury.
If tolls were scrapped the vast tailbacks that plagued drivers' journeys would be reduced dramatically and the high levels of pollution from idling engines would also be cut.
We are now told that the Toll Charge is in fact a congestion charge, and the recent rise from £1.00 to £1.50 for cars is to deter traffic and therefore ease jams.
However, the jams are far worse since the tolls have been increased. Meaning that effectively this congestion charge is actually CAUSING congestion at the Dartford Crossings.
Foreign truck drivers often cannot pay at the booth. Meaning drivers stop some yards before the booths, and then walk their payment to the booth - and then of course back to their cab.
Trucks cannot use the auto-toll booths
If a motorist arrives at the booths and cannot make payment, then all traffic is stopped whilst the motorist is directed to the hard shoulder.
Of course there is the extra time needed to give change to motorists now that the charges are higher.
Please link to us at http://www.dartfordcrossingtolls.co.uk/