The standard cost of throwing up in a taxi in Singapore is apparently twenty Singapore dollars. This is the maximum a driver can charge his drunken passenger although they (the driver) also stand to lose about $30 of cab fares as they go about cleaning up their taxi.
According to a newspaper report in the Jakarta Post, ComfortDelGro, Singapore's biggest cab operator with a fleet of about 15,000 taxis, does not have a policy on compensation but offers its cabbies free cleanups at its workshops.
And before anyone jumps to a conclusion, it is not just the men of Singapore who have this habit of 'hurling' in cabs. The same newspaper report gives the example of a 34 year old female professional who, after a night out drinking at Clarke Quay, threw up.
She is reported as saying " "I felt very bad seeing the taxi uncle's face fall after I threw up". I bet you it did!
Surely the bigger question is why is it necessary to binge drink in the first place? There is nothing less edifying than a drunk and I am sure most cab drivers world wide would agree.
Meanwhile drivers such as Tan Pin Lin comes prepared for his shift with "10 plastic bags, boxes of tissue paper and a prayer that no one would puke in his cab after a night of partying."