July 25, 2014 1:30 pm

B.C. cab passengers may have to pay $75 ‘vomit fee’

B.C. taxi passengers who can’t hold back their vomit may now have to pay extra cash in addition to the cost of their trip.

The Passenger Transportation Board says in addition to approved metered or non-metered rates, taxi passengers in British Columbia will have to pay for “soiling a vehicle.”

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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 a memo dated July 16, 2014.

Director of the Passenger Transportation Board Jan Brooke told Global News taxi drivers were able to bill for the cost of the clean-up or repair in the past, but the $75 fee is new.

Brooke says they had a request from the Vancouver Taxi Association to allow taxi drivers to impose a $75 fee that would include the cost of clean-up and loss of time used to clean the car.

She says it is up to the cab companies to enforce the fee.

Similar fees are already in place in Calgary ($100), Toronto ($25) and Ottawa ($50).

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