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Tolls - changes for COVID-19

  • 17-03-2020 11:01pm
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    Moderators, Category Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 19,340 CMod ✭✭✭✭ Davy


    Starting tomorrow (March 18th) the tolls at port tunnel and Tom Clarke bridge will take coins at the automatic booths only - no change given. No notes or credit cards will be accepted. Tags obviously accepted as normal.

    Price for port tunnel is now €3 at all times during COVID-19


Comments

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,663 ✭✭✭ trellheim


    Does that mean no cashiers at all ? I had thought they had gone to contactless on the toll payments


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,895 ✭✭✭ SeanW


    shouldn't you just be able to tap your credit/debit card?


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,430 ✭✭✭ Charles Babbage


    SeanW wrote: »
    shouldn't you just be able to tap your credit/debit card?


    Of course you should and in 2020 it is a disgrace that they are encouraging people to use coins in a pandemic.



    It seems these toll operators are a law unto themselves.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,597 ✭✭✭ Xterminator


    coins can be decomtaminated easily.

    as long as they are not handled ... they are grand.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,511 ✭✭✭✭ loyatemu


    coins can be decomtaminated easily.

    as long as they are not handled ... they are grand.

    that's not really the point, who has coins these days? You'd have to go to a shop to get change. Why can't you tap - that's the safest option.


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  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 61,809 Mod ✭✭✭✭ L1011



    It seems these toll operators are a law unto themselves.

    These are the two state-owned tolls that still have booths; so the operator is the state.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,430 ✭✭✭ Charles Babbage


    coins can be decomtaminated easily.

    as long as they are not handled ... they are grand.


    Still though you have to handle them to throw them in chute.

    Now of course you could disinfect them and use gloves etc, but it is still not as straightforward as contactless.


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 19,340 CMod ✭✭✭✭ Davy


    SeanW wrote: »
    shouldn't you just be able to tap your credit/debit card?

    That's an additional cost for them to install/manage/maintain.

    If you install a tag, you have to pay them each month for it ;)


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,597 ✭✭✭ Xterminator


    Still though you have to handle them to throw them in chute.

    yeah but you re handling your own coins, not transferring them. so no practical danger there.

    as the covid virus lives for a certain time on surfaces the collection of the coins could be by waiting out the life of virus, or cleaning them before handling. currently there is no good reason not to accept coins into a toll booth for covid reasons. they can be collected safely with the right protocols.

    It is not as original op said irresponsible,

    And for sure this is more expensive for the operator than contactless, but not everyone has contactless cards. its not mandatory, so they do have to accept legal tender. they just dont have to offer change.

    there are social reasons for changing the law so retailers dont have to accept legal tender but that for the future.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,051 ✭✭✭ Truckermal


    Of course you should and in 2020 it is a disgrace that they are encouraging people to use coins in a pandemic.



    It seems these toll operators are a law unto themselves.

    The one on the M8 in Cork does dot even accept credit card...


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,728 ✭✭✭ flyingsnail


    Truckermal wrote: »
    The one on the M8 in Cork does dot even accept credit card...
    Same with the limerick tunnel


  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 61,809 Mod ✭✭✭✭ L1011


    Eastlink is now open barrier / no fee.


  • Registered Users Posts: 725 ✭✭✭ d51984


    Im told the tags are still beeping on the eastlink though, so if your using it, take your tag off and put it in your glovebox.

    Its a disgrace Joe!



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