A 48-year-old entrepreneur from Southend has been telling Southend News Network about how he is making more than £1000 PER DAY by picking up all of the loose coins that are thrown on the road at the Dartford Crossing. According to Liam Kashir, there are still hundreds of drivers every day that have not realised that the toll is paid via number plate recognition technology – he told us that a number of them just stop and throw coins out of the window before reaching the bridge or tunnel.
He said: ‘From Monday to Friday, I spend around eight hours wandering around the roads that approach both ends of the crossing, and on most days I manage to pick up more than £1000 worth of loose change from drivers who haven’t realised that the toll booths have gone. Although there are signs up everywhere that tell people how to pay for their toll online, many motorists just prefer to throw coins out of the window and I pick these up. I wear a hi-visibility vest at all times, and a lot of drivers assume I am in charge and just stop and hand over £2.00 – who am I to tell them otberwise?’
Mr Kashir continued: ‘I was inspired by the Southend legend Pennypicker Steve, and I am always very careful to not get hit by passing traffic. Sometimes when I am having a slow day I walk over to the other side and things usually pick up.’
We asked the Dartford Crossing Border Force for a comment, and a spokesperson said: ‘We would like to remind drivers that all tolls need to be paid online or via a local shop – simply throwing £2.00 out of the window could result in a penalty charge notice for non-payment. Furthermore, we are delighted to announce that a glitch with the number plate recognition system has now been fixed where drivers were able to avoid paying the toll by driving over the crossing backwards.‘