(CNN)A man in British Columbia, Canada, is starting the new year with hundreds of dollars in fines after police officials said he touched his taxi driver's face and refused to wear a face mask inside the car.
A drunk taxi passenger refused to wear a face mask -- so his driver took him to the police station
On New Year's Day, around 1 a.m., the taxi driver in Victoria called 911 to report that a passenger was "belligerently refusing the driver's requests for the passenger to adhere" to the province's Covid-19 Related Measures Act guidelines (CRMA), according to the Victoria Police Department.
When using a taxi or other ride hailing service, those guidelines advise to "as much as possible, avoid physical contact with passengers," maintain social distance and wear a face covering. Violators of any of these rules are subject to a $175 ($230 CAD) fine.