Taxi drivers

Violence against taxi drivers continues as Kent taxi driver beaten and robbed by passengers

Kent Police are appealing for witnesses following a robbery in Margate.

It was reported that at around 8.30pm on Thursday March 17, a taxi stopped at Wilderness Hill where the driver was assaulted by two men who had been passengers. After the victim left the vehicle to seek help, it was reported that money was then stolen from the car.

The first offender is described as white, in his thirties and bald. He wore a dark blue top and navy blue jogging bottoms.

The second offender is also described as white and in his thirties. He wore glasses, brightly colored shorts and a white T-shirt.

The force wants to hear from people who saw anything, or have dash cam or private CCTV footage taken in the Wilderness Hill area at the time of the incident.

Witnesses should call Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting 46/50047/22.

You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or complete the online form available at crimestoppers-uk.org

Violence against taxi drivers is becoming more common and widely reported across the UK, worrying industry representatives who have called on the government and regulators to do more to protect drivers from crime violent.

Steve Garelick GMB Regional Organizer, recently offered a ‘No-Run List‘ to be implemented to help drivers and operators keep track of known offenders.

Private drivers have also expressed what they believe to be a lack of safety precautions put in place by ride-sharing apps.

The driver protests were sparked after a PHV driver, working on the Bolt app, was stabbed to death by one of his passengers.

Just last week, two teenagers were convicted of killing Gabriel Bringye after using the Bolt app to lure him to a location in a planned robbery that turned violent and Gabriel was fatally stabbed.