New law (SB162) sets stage for gateless Ohio Turnpike tolling

Gov. Mike DeWine has signed into law a bill that is described as providing the authority needed for the Turnpike to operate open road tolling on the 241-mile east-to-west toll road.

Previously SB162, the new law allows the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission to collect tolls from non-E-ZPass customers passing through open road tolling lanes without paying. Customers without E-ZPass will have the option to take a ticket and pay using cash or a credit card.

Additionally, the commission is allowed to work with the state’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles to require vehicle owners to pay any delinquent tolls. Payment for delinquent tolls would be required to register affected vehicles.