Created on Monday, 03 February 2014 Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
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 (http://bit.ly/1bjvpkk ) 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.