Just a little reminder to keep your guard up and be vigilant while driving round at night.
Friday night, Saturday Morning 13:12:2014 1:59 am:
I was subjected to a worrying incident by a group of three young men. Two stood in front of the cab, one tried to open the bonnet with some type of tool he was carrying.
I believe the intention was to open the bonnet and wait for the driver (me) to get out of the cab and close. Therefore compromising the security of the Taxi for the third member of the team to enter and take personal possessions, or in an extreme case, possibly get in and drive away.
I don't think they've perfected their modus operandi yet, as I just put my foot down, drove at them and forced them aside.
You have to be careful though not to run them over, no matter how tempting, as this could leave you open to prosecution.
I believe my actions were completely justifiable as I was carrying passengers and their safety was paramount.
Best advice, should this happen to you:
* Keep doors locked and stay inside.
* Hazards on.
* Full beam on.
* Elbow on horn.
* Wait for back up, wait till safe.
Haven't heard of anyone else being attacked in this way yet! I just hope these guys have been taught a lesson (I know one won't be dancing much this weekend)
I have full, time stamped video clip of incident and will be forwarding on to the Met after first showing to my legal representation, just to clarify my legal position.
Sadly from past experience, I feel I'm just wasting my time again. Would probably receive better attention if it were a video of a Taxi with no IDs badges showing.