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

A driver vacuums his taxi cab.

Laura Leyshon/The Globe and Mail

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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