PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 25 February, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 25 February, 2003, 12:00am

Last year I wrote a number of letters on the subject of fitting Autotoll tags to motorcycles. Several half-hearted replies were received, none very convincing.

I would like to bring this subject up again, questioning why motorbikes cannot be fitted with Autotoll tags. In my place of work, an automated security system has been installed, with access only being granted to authorised users. The security tag is issued by Autotoll. It is the same tag as the one used by vehicles passing through tunnel toll-booths. The sensor system is similar to that installed at the tunnel booths, with a single sensor in place.

I ride my own motorcycle to and from work and have no problem accessing my place of work using my own Autotoll tag. I carry the tag in the right breast pocket of my motorbike jacket.

Can this system not be used by the various tunnel companies? It seems so simple to use, far better than the (stop on oily road surface, put bike into neutral, take off gloves, fumble for change, hand change to tunnel staff, put gloves back on, annoy drivers behind me) system that I am currently forced to use.

And on the same note, I see that motorcycle riders are still not allowed to use the 'exact payment' lane, even if they have the exact payment ready to pass to the tunnel staff.

NICK PEARSON, Shouson Hill