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Lives put at risk, say taxi drivers

Tom King (centre), of the Independent Workers Union, pictured with one of the taxi drivers whose car has been attacked in recent weeks.

Tom King (centre), of the Independent Workers Union, pictured with one of the taxi drivers whose car has been attacked in recent weeks.

  • by Sean McLaughlin
 

Taxi drivers in Derry have warned that someone will be killed if ongoing attacks on their cars don’t stop.

The taxi drivers’ section of the Independent Workers’ Union (IWU) has told the ‘Sunday Journal’ that missile attacks on cabs have spiralled across the city in recent weeks.

One taxi, in particular, has been pelted with stones, eggs and muck bombs on different occasions in recent days.

The IWU’s Tom King says thousands of pounds worth of damage is being caused to cars.

More importantly, however, he says the lives of cab drivers and their passengers are being put at risk.

“These men and women are only trying to earn a living during tough economic times and the last thing we need is for them to be put off the road due to the mindless behaviour of young people,” said Mr. King.

One taximan, whose car has been attacked twice in the past few weeks, said: “I had an elderly passenger in the car when it was attacked with muck-bombs at Lecky Road and she was left in tears.

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“I’ve actually changed from the night shift as a result of these attacks. I need to earn a living and not have to be forking out for repairs to the car.”

Tom King is urging parents to ensure they know the whereabouts of their children and what they’re up to.

“It only takes a second for a taxi driver to be distracted as a result of an attack on his/her car. These attacks have to stop and now.”

The SDLP’s Brian Tierney added: “Drivers are clearly worried about this situation across the city. It has to stop.”

 

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