DART-Tag for the Dartford/Thurrock Crossing £1.33 per crossing instead of £2
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DART-Tag for the Dartford/Thurrock Crossing £1.33 per crossing instead of £2

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Found 12th Jun 2014
I think I must have been living under a stone for the last few years, but I only just found out about this. We use the crossing fairly regularly but certainly not every day/week. I thought the DART-tags were for people using the crossing daily! Turns out that you can apply for a DART-tag online and make a minimum initial payment of just £10 (I paid mine on debit card and didn't set up a direct debit). They will then send you the tag and each time you use the crossing it will debit £1.33 instead of the usual £2.00. You can apply online or by post. If you have an online account you can set alerts for when your account is down to £5 to remind you to top up. You can have multiple tags per account is other members of your family need one (will probably get one for my daughter who I always have to remind to get change for the tolls). For us, this is a really good deal and one I wasn't aware of even though the scheme has been running for a few years now. Hope this helps someone else who didn't know either!!

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I used to comute over the crossing daily but don't any more. I still keep some money on mine even though i only use it less than once a month. It is just so much quicker and easier than fiddling about with change. And it's cheaper!
A must-have for anyone that side of London

Thats a good offer you found. Hope it helps others to save money.

I've had one for a couple of months now, much quicker.

Anybody know if the discount will stand when they switch to ANPR?

Exact same device as the M6 Toll - I wonder when they will create a cross-service stored content system - Oyster/ M6Toll/ Dartford / Local Trains


Didn't know I could get one, thank you. I use the crossing 4 times a week so will save me quite a bit of money
Edited by: "debbielon" 12th Jun 2014

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debbielon

Didn't know I could get one, thank you. I use the crossing 4 times a week … Didn't know I could get one, thank you. I use the crossing 4 times a week so will save me quite a bit of money



Fantastic Was in two minds whether to share as its a bit area specific, but glad I did now...!

centaurandrew

Exact same device as the M6 Toll - I wonder when they will create a … Exact same device as the M6 Toll - I wonder when they will create a cross-service stored content system - Oyster/ M6Toll/ Dartford / Local Trains



As they are all different companies my guess is never. The toll at Dartford was only supposed to be for a few years to cover the cost of the bridge and building a second bridge further west. Where did the money for the second bridge go and why are we still paying.

tomlewis007

I've had one for a couple of months now, much quicker.Anybody know if the … I've had one for a couple of months now, much quicker.Anybody know if the discount will stand when they switch to ANPR?



I believe it will but the toll is set to rise to £2.50 for cars once it switches to ANPR in October so I'm not. Sure what the reduced rate will be yet.

Once free flow becomes operational in October the price will go up to £2.50 also the money was recovered years ago you are paying for congestion control (loophole) that's why it's free from 22:00hrs-06:00hrs
Also another increase next year

iAmLegendFam

Had this for the last few years... but I think it is going to be free … Had this for the last few years... but I think it is going to be free soon as I've heard and the link above^



Free flow not free lol

Massive money making scheme! It was always supposed to be free once it had paid for itself, many many years ago. Now it is just seen as easy money flowing in.

tallpete33

Free flow not free lol


Yes just read the article. Thought they were removing the toll charge all together... My mistake

[quote=iAmLegendFam]Had this for the last few years... but I think it is going to be free soon as I've heard and the link above^[/quote

it isn't going to be free.... its going to cost more. It's just going to be a 'free flow system' at the bridge .... you will have to pay by text or online etc.

apologies for the delayed post! I see you've re-read it already!

I would imagine when the new system comes in any foriegn lorry or car are going to have a field day .I remember the statement it would be FREE when it was all paid for (Some chance )!!!!

george27

Once free flow becomes operational in October the price will go up to … Once free flow becomes operational in October the price will go up to £2.50 also the money was recovered years ago you are paying for congestion control (loophole) that's why it's free from 22:00hrs-06:00hrsAlso another increase next year



I like the way they call it "Congestion Control" when the congestion is created because of the toll. Work that out anybody?

wheelbo

I like the way they call it "Congestion Control" when the congestion is … I like the way they call it "Congestion Control" when the congestion is created because of the toll. Work that out anybody?


Helps congestion on the other routes by creating a bottleneck on the bridge

I think that this is a great post so that people sign up - however if you are a Thurrock or Dartford resident £10 per year buys 50 crossings or £20 gives you unlimited crossings now that is a hot deal!

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bilo999

I think that this is a great post so that people sign up - however if you … I think that this is a great post so that people sign up - however if you are a Thurrock or Dartford resident £10 per year buys 50 crossings or £20 gives you unlimited crossings now that is a hot deal!



Yes I saw that....and it's on the link when you go through - but I thought that was a bit too area specific so I didn't mention it - and just presumed people would see it on the link when they clicked. Mentioned it to a friend today who is in area and going to take advantage - but having read the above posts about the toll booths being abolished in October anyway, I'm now not sure if it is such a hot deal??

Thank you for posting - just filled in online application. Don't use frequently but every little helps......

Same system we use for Mersey tunnel which is £1.70 per trip reduced to £1.40 with a tag. Only a few pence but I equate it to over £100 saved per year, better in my pocket.

Great find OP - voted Hot

I'm trying to get my head round the free-flow issue.
They continue to charge a toll for "congestion control" but will remove the congestion by making it free-flow.
So the toll charge will then be for.....?

They are reducing overheads/costs by making 150 people redundant, yet the toll charge is going up.
The increase in toll charge is because....?



Edited by: "razam" 13th Jun 2014

I've had it a couple of years and changed my car in the meantime so the sticky mount is still stuck to the windscreen of the car I sold.

You should have it with the text towards you and your car should be in the same position as if you were throwing money in the basket .... but it is flakey on some of the gates, the two rightmost gate on the southbound side are always giving me problems. One time it beeped after i had thrown it onto the passenger seat in disgust to go looking for change!

Looks like there will still be a discount for pre-pay users (see below), still not sure on total cost though
Edited by: "IWantMoreMoney" 13th Jun 2014

gov.uk/gov…ent

Pre-pay accountsYou will be able to save up to a third on every crossing … Pre-pay accountsYou will be able to save up to a third on every crossing by setting up a pre-pay account. Accounts can be topped up manually or you can set up auto top ups to come by direct debit, or from your debit or credit card whenever a set threshold is reached. Your vehicle registration must be associated with your account and sufficient funds will need to be available to cover the crossing. You can allocate multiple vehicles to an account as long as you register each one.Existing DART-Tag account holdersIt will be easy for you to move to a new Dart Charge account. There’s no need to do anything yet. The Highways Agency will contact you in September and October 2014 with details of how to move to the new account, so please make sure the contact information on your account is up-to-date. You won’t lose any credit and remaining funds will be transferred or refunded.

If you think you are hard done by try crossing the Severn Bridges 5 days a week at £6.40 a pop. Even once it rises to £2.50 I still envy you lot. No discount for commuters living near the bridge either

thanks so much for this. only just realised mine would be free under disabled exemption!

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willdean

thanks so much for this. only just realised mine would be free under … thanks so much for this. only just realised mine would be free under disabled exemption!



Oh wow, that's fantastic

Ta. You reminded me I needed to top up my existing Dart-Tag. Heat added! (_;)

Now this can be done using ANPR, they can put the responsibility of remembering to pay the toll back on the driver and issue a fine if it's not paid. That's what this is all about, nothing to do with congestion control or making things easier for the motorists...it's a money making scheme, plain and simple. Like others have said, the bridge broke even years ago and was initially supposed to be free, once this had happened.

Just think how many people (especially in the first few months of it going live) are going to forget to pay the toll before their grace period expires. I've done it myself quite a few times with the London congestion charge...very easily done, which is what they rely on (funny name, 'Congestion Charge'...drove into the West End last week from Essex and what should have been a 1hr journey was almost 2 (a single street (200-300yds) connecting Embankment to Trafalgar Square took 40 minutes to navigate, with no visible cause for the delay other than sheer weight of traffic)...also took close to 3hrs to get back, seemingly from sheer volume of traffic). Rant over. (_;)

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GeorgeStark

Now this can be done using ANPR, they can put the responsibility of … Now this can be done using ANPR, they can put the responsibility of remembering to pay the toll back on the driver and issue a fine if it's not paid. That's what this is all about, nothing to do with congestion control or making things easier for the motorists...it's a money making scheme, plain and simple. Like others have said, the bridge broke even years ago and was initially supposed to be free, once this had happened.Just think how many people (especially in the first few months of it going live) are going to forget to pay the toll before their grace period expires. I've done it myself quite a few times with the London congestion charge...very easily done, which is what they rely on (funny name, 'Congestion Charge'...drove into the West End last week from Essex and what should have been a 1hr journey was almost 2 (a single street (200-300yds) connecting Embankment to Trafalgar Square took 40 minutes to navigate, with no visible cause for the delay other than sheer weight of traffic)...also took close to 3hrs to get back, seemingly from sheer volume of traffic). Rant over. (_;)



Sounds like that could well be the truth. Lets hope that, like most roadworks etc, there is a significant delay on their anticipated October changeover, and that the people that have bought a tag get to use it for a little longer - and save a few more pounds

Nice little saving even if you only use the tunnel a couple of times a year.

*Junk Mail Alert* They share your details with third parties unless you email them and opt out.
"We may also want to contact you by post or by telephone to provide you with related information from third parties which we think may be of interest to you. If you would rather not receive this information, please e-mail us at refusal@dart-tag.co.uk or write to us at Connect Plus, South Orbital Road, Dartford DA1 5PR."

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BB78

Nice little saving even if you only use the tunnel a couple of times a … Nice little saving even if you only use the tunnel a couple of times a year.*Junk Mail Alert* They share your details with third parties unless you email them and opt out."We may also want to contact you by post or by telephone to provide you with related information from third parties which we think may be of interest to you. If you would rather not receive this information, please e-mail us at refusal@dart-tag.co.uk or write to us at Connect Plus, South Orbital Road, Dartford DA1 5PR."



Thanks, didn't see this - have just sent email.....hope it works
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