Originally Posted by Charles Babbage
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.