Mr Edwin Ng informs the following on 28/10/2011:
Comfort Transportation Pte Ltd
CityCab Pte Ltd
383 Sin Ming Drive
Tel: 6555 1188
Fax: 6452 7742
I am writing to inform you of an incident which with one of your taxis nearly hit me and a companion at a zebra crossing. (attached is a police report).
At approximately 2315hrs on 26 Oct 2011 I was crossing the zebra crossing opposite Blk 12 Marine Terrace. I spotted the blue comfort taxi at about 10m away heading towards Marine Crescent. Assuming he would slow down. I proceeded to cross the zebra crossing.
When I was nearly at the middle of the crossing, the taxi sped up and missed me by approximately 30cm. It was so close and sudden that I dropped my belongings. I was totally taken aback by what happened.
The taxi driver braked abruptly after the zebra crossing and proceeded to make an illegal u-turn about 10meters ahead with tyres screeching suggesting urgency.
I had a sense of comfort thinking that the driver might have realized what he had done and had turned back to check on me and to render assistance. That was however not the case.
The driver drove up to the zebra crossing, stopping on it and wound down his window and started shouting at me. I could not hear him clearly as I was more than half way across the road. I walked closer to the taxi and he started accusing me of being a gangster. He only sped off when my companion took out his camera. I remembered his license plate as 8704.
The poor behaviour of this driver have made me very upset and disappointed. I was not expecting this kind of behaviour from our country’s leading Taxi Company. It would have been bad if it was a private car but to come from a service provider is totally absurd and atrocious.
Taxi drivers need to know that the roads are getting busier and not treat it like a race track where they can speed around and disregard the safety of pedestrians.
Failure to give way to pedestrians at designated crossing is serious and should not be taken lightly as lives can be lost.
I am writing to you to please make a thorough investigation and to identify the driver.
I look forward to hearing from you shortly.
The cab company is likely to brush this off with an insincere token reprimand that is hardly going to affect the hooligan driver. We highly recommend lodging a report with LTA instead through their online feedback form so that something more long-term can be done. It's obviously a matter of time before this moron kills someone.