New coins cause problems at toll booths

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HALIFAX, N.S. — It seems every Canadian quarter isn’t equal, at least if you’re a driver trying to cross the Halifax-Dartmouth bridges.

The spans’ toll machines won’t accept some recently introduced coins that are made of a different metal. Some coins are lighter than those manufactured before the middle of last year.

Steven Snider, general manager and chief executive officer of the Halifax-Dartmouth Bridge Commission, says the commission started noticing problems in December as more of the new steel-core, nickel-plated coins started coming into circulation.

The Royal Canadian Mint introduced new nickels, dimes, quarters and 50-cent pieces in mid-to late 2001 after years of consultation and testing with key industries who manufacture or use vending, toll and parking meter machines, says mint spokesman Phil Taylor.

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