Don’t get too excited though - you will still have to pay. In a move to reduce running costs and queues at the crossing on the M25, the toll booths are to be removed and replaced by an automatic number plate recognition system similar to that used for the London congestion charge.
Regular users of the crossing may well be aware that the booths were closed overnight, apparently as the cost of manning them exceeded the money collected. It is unclear whether when the automated system is introduced in October the night time charge will be reinstated.
It is also worth noting that there is work taking place to provide for European debt recovery firms to be able to get UK registered keeper details from the DVLA in order to be able to enforce fines imposed in Europe. It should be noted that many European countries simply make the registered keeper liable for penalties, rather than the UK system for speeding which requires the registered keeper to name the person driving. The same debt companies are likely to be recovering unpaid penalties for the Dartford Crossing and London congestion charge.