Small change banned at bridges

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HALIFAX, N.S. — Nickels, dimes and pennies will no longer be legal tender on Halifax Harbour’s two bridges.

The Halifax-Dartmouth Bridge Commission is getting rid of spare change effective Dec. 2 because it’s getting harder for toll machines to count the coins accurately.

Steve Snider, the commission’s general manager, says the constant changes by the Canadian Mint to coin design and metal content have resulted in bridge coin machines rejecting a large percentage of small coins.

“The Canadian Mint has advised the commission that changes in the design of all coins will be ongoing; thus the decision has been made to eliminate nickels, dimes and pennies in order to minimize delays and disruptions,” he says.

Snider says the commission has recently modified its coin machines in order to improve quarter acceptance.

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