Cabbies fed up with violence
A BRICK shattered the window of a maxi taxi on the weekend leaving a woman injured and taxi drivers worried what the holiday season would bring.
The vandalism attack occurred on Saturday night but was only the latest in an escalation of damage to taxis over recent weeks.
The city's taxi drivers were left irate and questioning why they do their job.
Rob Grevell was driving the new taxi on Saturday night when a brick was thrown through a side window, spraying glass over his female passenger.
The woman received minor cuts but Mr Grevell feared it could have been much worse.
'I heard the bang and I didn't realise what had happened at first,' Mr Grevell said.
'She had cuts all up her arm.'
Blue and White Taxis chairman Allan Rowe said it wasn't the first time rocks or bricks had been thrown at taxis.
'Both the driver and the passengers are at extreme risk,' Mr Rowe said.
Over the past few weeks the problems taxi drivers have to deal with every day have escalated.
The inside of cabs have been damaged and head rests and other items stolen.
Mr Rowe put the recent increase in vandalism down to the silly season.
'We have a lot of booze cruises at the moment,' Mr Rowe said.
'People have just had too much to drink.
'We provide extra services for these people and in repayment the public think it's open season on the public service.'
Due to the risk of damage to the car, and being forced to deal with difficult passengers, Mr Rowe said cabbies did not want to work at night.
'It's hard to find people to drive at night,' Mr Rowe said.
'Owners are being forced to get into the cars themselves.' Mr Rowe asked residents to be considerate and he reminded them taxis were privately owned.