Calgary city council is hoping the fee will convince more cabbies to work at night. There's a shortage
of cabs in Calgary during the dark hours and council is throwing up the vomit fine as a possible solution. Having to clean-up your cab, taking it off the road while doing so, is a deterrent to driving at night. It will be the drivers themselves who collect and get the money.
Someone who isn't convinced they have got the fine right is Mayor Naheed Nenshi, who thinks it should be more. "I actually don't think the $100 is enough," he told media
. "The explanation is that that's how much the cabbies think they can reasonably get out of a drunk passenger who's vomiting in their cab. I suppose that makes sense."
The fee is an amendment to Calgary's Livery Transport Bylaw but isn't a municipal bylaw violation per se, though down the road it is possible they could draft a separate bylaw to deal with the problem, the mayor said. He acknowledged enforcement won't be easy.
"It's going to be tough," Mayor Nenshi said of collecting the fee. "But I think most people who throw up in the back of a cab are actually kind of embarrassed about it and want to do what's right, so we'll have to rely on people's good will for this."
The penalty covers the emitting of any bodily fluid in a cab.