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Riders Who Vomit In Columbus Cabs Will Have To Pay

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Taxi cab drivers in Columbus are tired of cleaning up after drunk people who vomit in their vehicles.

Now the hurling passengers will have to pay.

A new city rule allows taxi drivers to tack on a $50 fee to fares who soil their vehicles, requiring the driver to leave the road and clean up.

The Columbus Dispatch ( ) reports that drivers hope the fee, which went into effect at the end of 2013, will serve as a deterrent.

The rule says drunken passengers who soil cabs “with bodily fluids or solids” can be charged as long as drivers post a sign and verbally explain the fee.

Drivers must assess the fee at the end of the ride. If a passenger refuses to pay, the driver can call police.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch,

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