It seems that the dispute between Uber and other taxi companies becomes worse. The war got more violent as two drivers from Uber were attacked by several men in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley and Kangaroo Point on Monday morning.
The Uber company is now afraid that the attack could be part of an intimidation plan and is concerned about the security of both its drivers and customers.
As they were sitting in their cars, the drivers were hit by a group of men who also damaged their taxies. As that was not enough, one of the men stole a taxi driver’s mobile phone.
One of Uber company’s spokesman declared in a statement that this is not the first attempt of intimidation. Other taxi companies have long resorted to fear, misleading information and bullying against Uber. Now the company worries this recent event may be also part of this campaign and calls immediate action from Taxi Council Queensland.
On the other side, Taxi Council Queensland seems to be against Uber, stating that it develops an illegal activity, thus forcing some individuals to make justice themselves.
“I think Uber coming into any jurisdiction, operating based on a set of rules that they determine, ignoring the rule of law leaves them exposed to some degree of culpability,” declared Benjamin Wash, CEO of Taxi Council Queensland.
The police stated that the group of men hasn’t been found yet and that they also attacked a motorist who was not part of Uber team.
However, the Brisbane taxi owner seems to be involved in this accident. Greg Collins boasted himself on Facebook, writing that he slapped somebody and that he is sick and tired of Uber, a company that is not legal, so won’t have the possibility to defend itself. Moreover, he claimed that Uber steals other taxi companies’ work.
When he was asked by Fairfax media to talk more about the Facebook post, Collins declared that he was actually joking.
Collins’s Facebook post is not the first one. In the past, he also wrote about Uber in accusing manner and called for violence against it.
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