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Drunk, Sick Passengers to Pay More for Columbus Cab Rides
EAST COLUMBUS (Rob Wells/Kate Liebers) -- Taxi cab companies are cracking down on drunken customers who get sick in the backseat.
Last month, the Columbus Vehicle for Hire Board launched a clean-up fee of $50 every time a passenger vomits in a taxi. The fee applies only to passengers who have been drinking.
"One or two times per weekend a driver is experiencing this," said Jeff Kates of Yellow Cab. "We want to look out for the best interest of our drivers as well."
Kates said Columbus currently has 550 licensed drivers, and those drivers lose time and money everytime they're left with a mess to clean.
There will be exceptions for people who have legitimate reasons, Kates said, such as people being transported to a hospital.
The Yellow Cab company is installing signs in the cars to explain the new policy.
Some other cities, including Chicago, have had policies like this in place for a few years.