Dartford Crossing warning

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  1. GJH

    GJH Funster Life Member

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    Just seen on another forum.

    A motorhome owner duly paid his Dart Charge in advance for his motorhome but ended up with a Penalty Charge. Apparently he was towing a car on a trailer and the cameras picked it up as an independent vehicle rather than being on a trailer.

    The Dart Charge office has admitted the fault and the charge has been withdrawn but the person concerned recommends covering the number plates of a car on a trailer when using the Dartford Crossing.
     
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    Don't you just love modern technology :clap2::doh:
     
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    I guess it begs the question: "2 vehicles = 2 charges?"

    A nice discussion topic for the day!
     
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    I towed a caravan over this week and only charged £2.50 !!!!!!yet!!!!!!!!
     
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    Been through with the toad a few times and also towing a boat and my account has only ever been debited for the single vehicle so I guess that it doesn't happen too often
     
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    but the toad and boat trailer will have the same plate as the towing vehicle...(or they should have)
     
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    Thanks Jim - didn't pick that up. I guess that is why a lot of commercially trailered vehicles have gaffer tape over the number plate; now I know why (y) obvious really. :doh:
     
  8. DJA

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    I have used the crossing whilst also Toading. We have never been double charged even though the Toad has a Dart Tag in it as it has its own crossing account.

    Have to think about that one as when you cross with the car alone the Dart Tag emits a sound just before you enter the Tunnel or finish crossing the bridge.
     
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    to be legal, the toad's plate should be covered with the towing vehicles plate ..
     
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    Thank goodness he wasn't driving a car transporter!

     
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    We subscribed the other month before we went to France opted to do manual top ups, as we are not regular users, and we received an e-mail whilst we were there telling us we needed to top our account up as we only had £8 whatever left which apparently is below our minimum agreed Tenner. They are having a laugh methinks at our expense.

    So instead of having eight quids of my beer monies they want me to send them another tenner!
     
  12. GJH

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    Did you, perhaps pick the wrong minimum option? I opened my account with a tenner in January knowing we would be doing a return trip that month. The charges were taken properly and balance reduced to £6.66, which it has stayed at ever since, and I have not received any top-up e-mails.
     
  13. DJA

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    Hi Jim

    The number plate was covered but the Dart Tag could still have registered as it would normally do by "Bleeping" just before entering the tunnel.

    Doug
     
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    I don't think Dart Tags work any more. As far as I'm aware everything is done by ANPR cameras.
     
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    My Brother in law came over the bridge and back a few moths ago. He is registered, with his car on my Mother in laws account. The account was in credit ( about £30 on it at the time)
    He got a penalty charge notice saying he hadn't payed for a crossing and a demand for payment. Looking at the account, he was charged to go back, but not the first crossing and despite ringing the company who operate the crossing and explaining about the account and that they successfully charged him for his second crossing, he was still made to pay the charge.
    But, its operated by a government department who are as far away from reality as the inland revenue.
     
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    I gladly visit the UK rarely, maybe once per year in a French registered vehicle. Now I can read English (just .. normally speak Yorkshire) but for the foreign tourists visiting Blighty who speak little or no English what happens regards the payments and fines for non payment of the bridge/tunnel ??
     

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