Dartford Crossing (again). Loads of non-payers!

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  1. wingman

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    bbc news/london

    Hope I've got the link inserted ok? If not, 103,300 penalty notices for non-payment have been issued since November. A proportion of those, but by no means all, have been foreign drivers who are now being chased by continental debt collectors.

    Who said 'I told you so' !
     
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    More money fining the not knowers, than in getting the payments in full.
    I went through the other day to the show and it was 1/2 hour queue and I saw two notices telling me that you pay on line???? no address and what about alternatives? This is a farce of Biblical proportions, set out like lots of other scams to catch the unknowing and the can't read the signs brigade. It said on the local TV news that 230,000 had not paid including 18000 foreigners. All at £70 a pop. that make a good extra income. I think I would send the £2.50 and say get lost for the rest if I got caught out like that. I have only just found out that you can pay through the same places that do the electricity and gas cards that poorer people use. It is a wonder that they didn't arrange for the corner shop in the Dartford High Street to be the only place to pay cash, for lorries, coming from abroad.
     
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    They could re-employ the kiosk attendants and get them writing out all the penalty notices.
    Allan
     
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    Now there's a surprise....we never saw that coming!
     
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    As I said on the other thread only time I have been across it was when following the sat nav,
    I don't have a "high tec" phone I don't take the computer on road trips, I never thought we would get to the point where I am scared to drive around in my own country for fear of being fined for going down the wrong road.
     
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    Of course the other nice little earner is the minimum £10 the gits hold in credit on your Dart Charge account!

    How many millions is that?!:swear2:
     
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    It's getting more difficult to avoid catching a fine for something , I drive about 60,000 miles a year , the mobile speed cameras pop up everywhere and there's that moment when you think to check your speed and then double check the speed limit for that part of that particular road and unless you keep your sat navigation constantly up dated you can be caught out by a few miles per hour , most drivers are not blasting it around the country , all it takes is a momentary lapse and you have 3 points and a fine , the money that is being raised is going into the coffers of private companies , county councils and town councils, last year the town councils collectively earned 650 million pounds profit from parking fines .
     
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    I just checked my account and see that they've increased my charge rate from £1.67 to £2.50 per journey.
    I would suggest others check their account.

    Now if you'll excuse me, I have a FU call to make :swear::banghead:
     
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    HEY, GUESS WHAT?
    Thanks to @Gizmouk I've just checked my account and they have increased my rate from £1.67 to £2.50 too! :banghead::banghead:

    UPDATE: Have just phoned them and thrown a few fux at them (nicely). Their explanation is; there's a mistake and fault on the website and they are currently correcting this. They are "Putting on a message to that effect in the morning". Meanwhile, they assure me that everyone with a similar account to mine will be charged correctly at £1.67. Mmmmmm
     
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    what time is the free time as I always go on ferry in the dead of the night or have thay done away with the free time
    bill
     
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    OK so that's my mind firmly made up, always going down and back via Surrey, we tended to anyway

    I think even if I lived in Essex I might

    Is there still a ferry across somewhere near the QE2 bridge, any weight limits on that?
     
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    Between 10pm and 6am, Bill.
     
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    how much longer to go the other way round m25 dosent look much further on the map
    bill
     
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    It depends on your destination. As I commented on another thread last month, we had to go to Crawley from Tees-side. It was the same distance each way and TomTom actually recommended M1 and the western route as the quickest. We used the A1/M11/Dartford simply because we prefer it.

    Using Google maps and looking at the two routes would tell you.
     
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    is that the other way round M25 is it much longer ? @DavidG58
     
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    ten min longer the west way down M1
     
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    It really depends which way you travel south, if you are on the M11 it would add a lot, we live on M1 so not so far, and we tend to come down M40 as a preferred route then it is about the same

    According to google maps it is 33 miles further for us using M40 then M25 round the bottom, compared to M11 then bridge, no brainer for us not to use the bridge (y)
     
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    Woolwich Free Ferry, An extra 20 miles on very busy roads.
    Only restrictions are max height 4.7m max width 3.5m
     
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    @DavidG58 Its prity much not a lot between M11 M1 ten minutes distance 26 mls so that isn't much another gallon of diesel
    but less stress woring abut the tool (y) so west round the m1 it will be from now on
     
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