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Rise in Dartford charges to take its toll

  • 07 October 2012
  • By derren hayes

Hauliers who regularly use the Dartford Crossing face paying thousands of pounds extra a year in tolls following the introduction of higher charges from today (7 October).

Yorkshire-based Brian Yeardley Continental, which has a depot at Ashford in Kent, expects to pay nearly £7,000 extra a year  following the 35% increase in tolls for HGVs from £3.70 to £5.00 per crossing.

Charges for lorries will rise by 25% from £2 to £2.50 and by one-third for cars and vans from £1.50 to £2.00.

Kevin Hopper, MD of Brian Yeardley Continental, said: “For hauliers such as ourselves who use the route daily it will mean an extra increase in costs of approximately £6,760 per annum. This is very damaging at a time when everyone is looking for savings, not increases, in costs.”

The Department for Transport say the increases are needed to pay for the introduction of free-flow electronic charging in October 2014 when prices will rise again to £6.00 for HGVs, £3.00 for lorries and £2.50 for cars and vans.

Last month the Freight Transport Association criticised the hike.


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