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New BVRLA agreement on Dart Charge to benefit leasing & rental firms

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.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.