If you didn't see it in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on Monday, January 25th, there was an article indicating that the Ohio Turnpike Commission (OTC) made an intelligent decision. Click below for Karen Farkas' article:
"Ohio Turnpike Commission reverses itself on higher tolls for bicycles or luggage on roof"
They have changed their toll policy for passenger vehicles with non-permanent items on their roof (such as bikes, luggage racks, skis, etc...) back to the way it was before. That is to say, you'll pay the same toll as if you didn't have anything on the roof. (Qualifier: if your vehicle is normally shorter than 7ft 6in)
Toll booth workers now have the ability (again) to assess the proper toll despite what the ticket you're given (based on an automated height scan) upon entering the Turnpike indicates. Honestly, this is how it should be so long as the OTC is using height as a means to assess vehicle class. Until they change their automated system for determining vehicle class to something that makes sense (like weight), they're going to need human intelligence as part of the loop. I'll take this small victory and simply thank the OTC for coming to their senses. No need to go off on a tangent here about how I feel about their toll assessment system. I've already written about that in a post that is partly responsible for this positive outcome. You can read it here.
In the end, the money you'll save on tolls can now be applied towards a down payment on those overpriced service plaza Whoppers...
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