‘Not on our turf’

> Rogue taxi driv­ers threaten out­side cabbies not to op­er­ate in their area

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY RAJVINDER SINGH

PETAL­ING JAYA: Taxi driv­ers who want to make an hon­est liv­ing not only have to con­tend with Grab and Uber, but also the thug­gish and ter­ri­to­rial be­hav­iour of cer­tain rogue taxi driv­ers.

Sev­eral taxi driv­ers who spoke to theSun said due to the be­hav­iour of these taxi driv­ers, they avoid go­ing to cer­tain des­ti­na­tions to drop off cus­tomers, and when they do, they have no choice but to charge ex­tra.

Ac­cord­ing to the driv­ers, the lo­ca­tions they stay away from are Sun­gai Bu­loh, Klang, Sun­gai Chua near Ka­jang, and Suria Kin­rara, Pu­chong, to name a few.

Dash, who has been driv­ing a taxi for eight years, said he tries to avoid these lo­ca­tions, how­ever, if he does make the trip he has to charge ex­tra be­cause he would not be able to pick up pas­sen­gers af­ter drop­ping off cus­tomers.

“I had dropped a pas­sen­ger off in Sun­gai Chua and de­cided to join the taxi rank to pick up an­other pas­sen­ger to make my jour­ney there worth­while.

“While wait­ing, I was ap­proached by a num­ber of taxi driv­ers asking me if I was from around the area. I in­formed them that I was not and had ear­lier dropped a pas­sen­ger off nearby.

“The sit­u­a­tion turned hos­tile and I got wor­ried, I was told to drive off,” he said.

Dash said he was warned that his taxi would be dam­aged if he tried to join the taxi queue again.

He was also told that the queue was only for driv­ers from around Sun­gai Chua.

In a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent, cab­bie Ah­mad said he had dropped off a cus­tomer in Klang and was about to pick up an­other pas­sen­ger when he was warned off by other driv­ers.

He said it left him feel­ing un­easy and that he would think twice about go­ing to Klang again, adding that this was just one of the many prob­lems he had faced in his line of work.

Shan, who has been driv­ing for the last 12 years, said he had sev­eral bad ex­pe­ri­ences when drop­ping off pas­sen­gers in Sun­gai Bu­loh.

“Once af­ter drop­ping off a pas­sen­ger, I was flagged down by a cus­tomer. Af­ter pick­ing him up, I had only driven about a kilo­me­tre when an­other taxi driver cut in front of me and stopped. He got out of his taxi and warned me never again to pick up a pas­sen­ger from the area,” Shan said.

The taxi driv­ers are urg­ing en­force­ment au­thor­i­ties and the Land Pub­lic Trans­port Com­mis­sion (SPAD) to step up en­force­ment in such ar­eas.

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