An Indian taxi driver was violently assaulted in Manurewa South Auckland in the early hours of Tuesday morning by a group of teenagers in Manurewa, South Auckland.
The incident happened near the Manurewa South Mall . The driver Mr Vineet Mahajan (47) was parked his car in the specified taxi parking lane at the back of Manurewa South Mall.
He forget to lock his car that day, while sleeping in the parking area, three teenagers approached him for a trip at 4am, and they immediately open the door and sit at the back seat of the car. As per his taxi company night riding policy, he asked politely for an advance of 10-20$ before start the trip. They refused to pay, and shouted to start the car. Then Mr Mahajan asked them to leave the car, otherwise he will compel to call the cops, then immediately one of the 3 boys kicked after open the driver door, and others punch his face.He was stuck in the seat belt while beating others and also shocked from the sudden attack. Meanwhile Mr Mahajan pushed the panic button which is installed in his cab connects with his taxi company call centre, they initiated an emergency help and inform the police. He also press the hand on horn,thereby attract nearby people. Then offenders ran away.
In this incident an alarm activated by a taxi driver helped scare off three offenders who attacked him as he waited outside the Southmall carpark in Manurewa about midnight.
The group demanded money and the driver was repeatedly beaten around the head, federation executive director John Hart said.
Police were called to the scene and the driver was taken to Middlemore Hospital with moderate injuries, Inspector Adam Pyne said.
It is the second attack on a driver in the past two weeks. On April 7, a Well
It is the second attack on a driver in the past two weeks. On April 7, a Wellington taxi driver was brutally attacked by a man who followed him to Wellington Airport about 1am.
The two attacks prompted a call from the NZ Taxi Federation to call for the government to continue to make security alarms and cameras in taxis compulsory.
“If a driver gets into [the panic alarm is the only way he or she can call for help when there is a trouble,” said John Hart, the federation’s executive director. In March, the government proposed removing the requirement for taxis to have 24/7 monitored duress alarms.