Cabby sacked after bullying woman driver
SINGAPORE – An SMRT taxi driver has been sacked after he bullied a lady driver on Bukit Timah Road.
The incident was captured on video by Mr Kenny Koh, who alerted The New Paper.
Mr Koh, 29, a authorized secretary, was on the primary seat on the highest deck of SBS Transit double decker bus 157 on Friday.
He was on his means house at about 7pm when he noticed a one-minute confrontation between the SMRT cabby and the lady driver of a white sport utility car (SUV) within the bus bay alongside Bukit Timah Road close to Hwa Chong Institution.
“I began paying attention to the incident when I observed that passengers have been coming to the street to flag the bus as a result of the bus bay was occupied,” Mr Koh stated.
He stated the cab was parked beside the SUV and the cabby was standing on the driving force’s aspect of the automotive, gesticulating wildly on the lady inside.
The taxi driver even tried to drive open the SUV’s door, however to no avail.
“I might even see the automotive shaking as he did that,” Mr Koh stated.
The lady driver stayed in her SUV.
The cabby ultimately obtained again in his taxi and each automobiles drove off.
But barely 4 minutes on, he noticed the cabby swerving abruptly from the center lane into the left-most lane the place the SUV was travelling.
Both automobiles got here to a cease, and the bus that Mr Koh was on additionally needed to brake to keep away from operating into them.
That prompted Mr Koh to tug out his telephone to movie the automobiles.
“The two automobiles stopped inside inches of one another. The taxi driver acquired out and began scolding and waving his fist into the SUV driver’s face after she wound down her window,” Mr Koh stated.
MIDDLE FINGER FLASHED
He additionally observed a feminine passenger within the cab flashing her center finger on the SUV driver.
This incident, which lasted a minute, prompted the sluggish-shifting peak-hour visitors to sluggish much more.
Mr Koh stated: “As a driver and motorbike rider myself, I am conscious that street customers make errors, sometimes obstructing my path or delaying my progress in visitors.
“Of all my years being a driver or rider right here and abroad, I have by no means ever discovered the necessity to resort to aggressive behaviour on the street to persuade others to drive safely and well,” he stated.
Calling the cabby’s actions “blatant bullying”, he added that such incidents are uncommon in Singapore as drivers often take to sounding horns or flashing lights.
When contacted, SMRT stated the driving force concerned within the incident had been sacked.
A spokesman stated: “Passengers are our precedence. We have investigated the incident and located the hirer’s actions to be a critical compromise of street and passenger security.”