Cab Vomit Fee in Chicago
Published: July 4, 2012
Cab Vomit Fee in Chicago, After three years of lobbying, cab drivers in Chicago finally got their wish — a Chicago cab vomit tax.When a cab driver gets a call late on a Friday or Saturday night, there’s a pretty good chance that the cab driver is picking up an inebriated passenger.
Just how inebriated these passengers are (and just how sturdy their stomachs are) is purely the luck of the draw. Unlucky cab drivers could get stuck with a customer with a weak stomach and too much to drink, leading to puke all over the cab. And prior to this week, Chicago cab drivers were powerless to charge the passengers for the cleanup.
But now that’s changed.
Chicago’s city council signed off on a regulation that allows cab drivers to charge a $50 cleanup fee to passengers who puke in a cab, reports the Chicago Tribune. The regulation went into effect Sunday. (Cab drivers had originally lobbied for a $75 fee, but $50 should be enough to clean up a cab.)
Chicago was one of the first U.S. cities to consider a cab vomit fee, but it took the city council some time to act. Meantime, similar fines were enacted in other cities known for partying like Austin, Texas, and Savannah, Ga., according to the Tribune. (Reuters)
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