01 Jan '12, 11pm

When drunk passengers throw up in taxis, who pays the price? Each instance usually costs drivers at least $50

When drunk passengers throw up in taxis, who pays the price? Each instance usually costs drivers at least $50

A drunken partygoer slumping against a bollard while others wait by a taxi after the New Year's Eve party at Sentosa. Cabbies stand to lose at least $50 if they pick up a drunken passenger who pukes in the vehicle and does not pay them for the cost of cleaning up. -- ST PHOTO: RAJ NADARAJAN By Elizabeth Soh On New Year's Eve, taxi driver Tan Pin Lin started his shift at 5pm with 10 plastic bags, boxes of tissue paper and a prayer that no one would puke in his cab after a night of partying. As he wrapped up his shift at 5am yesterday, he counted himself fortunate: Only one passenger had vomited. He said in Mandarin: 'I think I'm very lucky that the vomiting one was my last fare. If not, I would have had to take time out to clean the taxi, lose earnings and then try to find passengers who don't mind the smell.' Background story UNBEARABLE STENCH 'Sometimes, the whole seat is...

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