Com­plaint lacked ev­i­dence

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By MATTHEW DAL­LAS

A com­plaint against two Porirua Taxis driv­ers by a Whitby man who al­leged he was threat­ened af­ter park­ing in a cab space, has re­mained un­re­solved due to a lack of ev­i­dence.

In March this year KapiMana News re­ported the claims of a Whitby dad who had parked in a taxi space at Count­down su­per­mar­ket on Fe­bru­ary 27, as it was shaded and pro­vided re­lief for his nine-month-old baby in the back seat.

The man, who did not wish to be named for fear of reprisal, claimed two taxis pulled along­side him and the driv­ers be­gan shout­ing at him.

This turned to threat­en­ing ges­tures and racial abuse when he ig­nored their de­mands to move his ve­hi­cle.

The man’s ac­count of the in­ci­dent was dis­puted by the taxi driv­ers and was in­ves­ti­gated by Porirua Taxis di­rec­tor John Wright.

He says the com­pany did a full in­ves­ti­ga­tion, in ac­cor­dance with New Zealand Trans­port Agency guide­lines, but there was in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to prove any wrong-do­ing on the part of the taxi driv­ers.

‘‘We’ve gone as far as we can go with it as a com­pany, and the NZTA is happy we’ve done our best,’’ he said.

Mr Wright said the com­plainant was given the con­tact in­for­ma­tion for the NZTA if he wished to pur­sue the mat­ter fur­ther.

‘‘The onus went on the com­plainant and we never heard back.’’

The Whitby man told KapiMana News he de­cided not to per­sist with the com­plaint as it had al­ready taken enough of his time. He was dis­ap­pointed the driv­ers in ques­tion had not been en­cour­aged to adopt a bet­ter attitude and he felt his com­plaint had been brushed aside.

‘‘So maybe there’s also a case for hav­ing video cam­eras, with au­dio, in taxis to pro­tect the pub­lic from taxi driv­ers? Isn’t it a shame that the only way we can get peo­ple to be­have de­cently is by record­ing them? Ge­orge Or­well would be proud.’’

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