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$75 vomit fee approved for B.C. taxicabs

07/25/2014 09:42 EDT | Updated 09/24/2014 05:59 EDT
Anyone who vomits in a taxicab in B.C. could now be charged a $75 clean up fee, along with the cost of the trip.  

The province's Passenger Transportation Board has made changes to its standard rules for taxis to allow companies and cab drivers to charge passengers who make a mess.

"Passengers who soil or damage the interior of a vehicle with bodily fluids or solids may be required by driver or taxi company to pay a clean-up fee of $75 in addition to the meter rate or any other rate," says the new rule.

Carolyn Bauer, the president of the Vancouver Taxi Association, says it’s a particular problem for drivers picking up fare downtown.

"It does happen a fair amount on Friday and Saturday evenings from the downtown district."

She says it can take two hours to get a taxi cleaned and back on the road, so the standardized charge will benefit everyone.              

"If an accident happens, at least the consumer knows what the charge will be right off the bat, rather than a driver guessing, 'Well, you now owe $90, you owe me $100," said Bauer. '

Last year a similar $100 fee was approved in Calgary.

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