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Fayetteville cabbie wants fee to clean up after drunken fares

Posted July 11, 2012 6:02 p.m. EDT

— A Fayetteville taxi driver wants the city to impose a $75 "regurgitation fee" to help cab companies recoup the cost of cleaning up after drunken customers.

Joseph Robinson, president of the Fayetteville Taxicab Association, said the fee is needed because of late-night passengers leaving bars.

"We actually have people who (vomit in cabs) on purpose, and that's a biohazard to the driver as well as customers," Robinson said. "We need to be compensated for that because we may spend two or three hours cleaning that mess up, and you still don't get the smell out."

He also is urging the City Council to raise the base fare on all rides from $2 to $10 and set a $15 minimum on airport rides.

The Taxi Review Board would have to sign off on the fare increases before the Fayetteville City Council could consider them.