Rockhampton cabbies worried for their safety
EVERY night when Rocky cab driver Leo Gately gets behind the wheel, he worries this could be the night when things go wrong.
Last Friday, things went wrong.
Mr Gately said events went downhill when a passenger became aggressive after he warned the man there would be a $100 clean-up fee if the woman he was with vomited.
"The man became more agitated and aggressive and I warned him if he didn't stop I would stop the taxi and they would be told to get out," Mr Gately said.
"He continued this behaviour, so I pulled over."
Mr Gately said the man then began to kick at the dashboard of the taxi, damaging the radio, air-conditioning controls, security camera and the cover of the steering column.
"During this, I was being abused and it frightened the hell out of me," he said.
"I was fearful for my life and scared he was going to kick me."
Mr Gately said the man also attempted to kick the taxi computer system near the steering wheel, before getting out and kicking the left-hand side mirror.
Unfortunately, this isn't the first time Mr Gately has been confronted by an abusive customer.
He said all taxi drivers were worried.
"All of the cab drivers are concerned about incidents like this; the possibility is there all the time and it can happen on any shift," Mr Gately said.
"Cab drivers should not be subjected to this sort of behaviour.
"I want to thank the police for their quick actions."
Police yesterday said a man, 22, had been charged with wilful damage and evading a charge.