Agency ponders St. Louis taxi 'vomit' charge

07/15/2013 1:14 PM

07/15/2013 1:14 PM

The overseer of St. Louis' taxi industry appears to be getting sick of passengers throwing up in cabs, and they're looking at making those fares pay for the mess.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission is considering whether to join other cities in enforcing taxi cleanup fees when drunken passengers spew or leave other bodily fluids behind.

The move comes after complaints by cabbies that it can take hours to clean and disinfect a cab after someone has vomited. And that down time costs taxi drivers potential fares.

Chicago already charges a $50 "vomit cleanup fee." In Austin, Texas, $100 is added to the trip fare if a passenger soils the taxi's interior with bodily fluids or solids.

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