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A driver vacuums his taxi cab. (Laura Leyshon for The Globe and Mail)
A driver vacuums his taxi cab. (Laura Leyshon for The Globe and Mail)

Vomiting in a cab in B.C. will cost passengers $75 under new regulations Add to ...

If you’re feeling queasy, step away from the cab.

That’s the advice from taxi drivers across British Columbia after the province’s Passenger Transportation Board approved a new fee.

It allows drivers and companies to charge a $75 fine, on top of the flag fare, to passengers who soil or damage the interior of a vehicle with bodily fluids or solids.

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Drivers have always been permitted to charge for the cost of cleaning vomit – or any other nasty substance – from cabs, but the new rule sets a specific rate, giving cabbies and their companies more certainty about how to handle spewing patrons.

Calgary City Council imposed a $100 charge on vomiting passengers earlier this week.

A $25 fee is charged in Toronto, after councillors approved it in February.

 

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