The NSW Taxi Council condemns the cowardly attack over the weekend where a taxi driver was assaulted by three men at Kingswood in Sydney’s west before the vehicle was stolen and later found abandoned at Derby Street, Penrith.
The incident happened 17 May at approximately 2.20am early Sunday morning, at the corner of First Street and Santley Crescent, Kingswood and NSW Police continue to investigate the incident.
The CEO of the NSW Taxi Council, Mr Roy Wakelin-King, said this attack was carried out against a taxi driver who was simply trying to provide services to the community and earn a living.
“We understand the driver is understandably shaken but thankfully not seriously injured and he will be offered all assistance needed to recover – our thoughts are with him and his family,” Mr Wakelin-King said.
Mr Wakelin-King said that there are increased sentencing penalties for persons found guilty of assaulting a taxi driver whilst on duty and it is hoped that the NSW Police can quickly apprehend the persons responsible.
“Safety has improved for taxi drivers as a consequence of improved security measures such as duress alarms and cameras, while we also spend a lot of time training drivers how to deal with difficult situations, as this is often the best defence a driver can have in de-escalating incidents,” he said.
“Despite this, any attack is one too many and that is why we continue to work with the NSW Police and the NSW Government to try and improve conditions for drivers.”
An investigation into the matter is now underway and police encourage anyone with information that may assist to contact Crime Stopperson 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/