(KTVI) – Taking a cab on New Year’s Eve is a great way to celebrate safely. But this year if you over indulge, you may pay a price for it in more ways than one.
The Metropolitan St. Louis Taxicab Commission recently gave cab companies the right to charge passengers a clean-up fee if they vomit inside the vehicle.
Cab companies are allowed to charge passengers up to $200 for the clean-up.
Laclede Cab has decided to charge $50.
“It strikes a balance between not being too much for the customer while at the same time compensating the driver for being out of business for a while,” said Matt Beumer, Laclede Cab’s Chief Dispatcher.
“In most cases, people realize what is about to happen and open a window or open the door,” he explained.
One driver tells FOX 2, passengers who get sick in the cab often are contrite.
“Usually they say things like ‘I will pay you extra,’ and nine times out of ten, they clean their own mess up,” said driver Lin Stevenson.
“That’s the good thing about having rubber floors,” he added. “You can just spray it out.”