BVRLA sign important Dart Charge agreement
By Kyle Linsay
Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 13:37
Open six months
Should make it easier for members to transfer liability for non-payment
The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association has agreed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding with Highways England concerning members’ use of the Dartford Crossing.
Since it launched on 30 November last year, Dart Charge has reduced journey times by removing the need to stop at a barrier to pay the Dartford Crossing charge. However, some customers have experienced a number of difficulties with the new scheme, leaving rental and leasing companies with a few operational issues.
The Memorandum of Understanding should make it easier for members to transfer liability for non-payment of the Dart Charge. The Transfer of Liability document produced as part of the agreement will help streamline the process of disclosing the details of a hire or lease driver liable for penalty and warning notices incurred by vehicles which have not paid for the crossing.
“This important agreement will remove much of the administrative burden that rental and leasing companies have had since the launch of Dart Charge” said BVRLA Chief Executive Gerry Keaney. “It is a testament to the strong working relationships we have with Highways England.”
The agreement marks the culmination of months of work between the BVRLA and Highways England. BVRLA Chief Executive Gerry Keaney and Dart Charge Project Director Nigel Gray signed the memorandum of understanding in May 2015.