Police warn cabbies against attacks on Uber, GrabCar

22 Jun 2016 / 20:59 H.

KUALA LUMPUR: Police urged disgruntled taxi drivers not to take the law into their own hands when confronting drivers of e-hailing app Uber or Grab and warned of stern action if they crossed the line.
Kuala Lumpur police CID chief SAC Rusdi Mohd Isa said today that cabbies should seek to resolve the matter through proper channels and not resort to arm-twisting tactics by confronting Uber and Grab drivers.
"If passengers choose to use e-hailing app services, then it is their choice. I believe the government is studying the issue before making a decision. Until then, disgruntled taxi drivers should simply wait for the decision or take their grouses to the relevant authorities and not turn to violence. We will have no choice but to take action against them if they vent their frustrations by resorting to violence as it concerns public safety," he told theSun.
Rusdi was commenting on a police report lodged by a 43-year-old Iranian woman who suffered slight injuries to her hand after taxi drivers allegedly pulled her out of a Uber car which she boarded with her son at KL Sentral.
He said the foreigner was a student from Skudai, Johor and not a tourist as claimed in news reports.
Rusdi said police learnt from the woman that the Uber driver's car was also allegedly damaged by the cabbies.
"We have not received any report from the Uber driver. The victim sustained injuries to her hand when she was pulled out. Only one or two cab drivers were involved and it is not true that over 50 cabbies had attacked the woman and the Uber driver. If it was that many, police would have known and rushed over to check on the commotion." he said.


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