Complaint lacked evidence
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.’’