Taxi driver ?acted with courtesy



TAXI driver Vic Graham has rejected a Rockhampton woman's claim he thumped her car window in an act of road rage.

The mild-mannered driver yesterday came forward to speak up against the allegations made by Gloria Matheson in The Morning Bulletin.

Ms Matheson told the paper a taxi driver came to the side of her car, banged on the driver's window and began verbally abusing her as she waited for a park at a busy shopping centre recently.

Mr Graham said he had asked Ms Matheson to move on, but this was done in a "professional and courteous'' manner.

He said he waited several minutes before approaching her car and was acting in what he believed was the best interest of his passengers, two wheelchair- bound people and their carers.

"There was no verbal abuse ... I had no reason to get up her,'' Mr Graham said.

"In my line of work you just don't do that ... there is no way in the world I would have abused anyone.

"I don't normally ask people to move, but I had customers on board who were handicapped, and it's important to me that I look after them.''

He said he waited several minutes before approaching Ms Matheson.

"I pulled up behind her car, which had stopped,'' Mr Graham, who has been a taxi driver for about 18 months, said.

"She proceeded to start reversing.

"There were cars behind me.

"I sat waiting for about three or four minutes and she did not move and it appeared had no intention of moving.''

He said the carers, who were both prepared to provide statements to support him, asked if the group could be dropped off where they waited.

"I told them I was unable to unload the two wheelchairs there,'' Mr Graham said.

He said not long after he approached Ms Matheson to ask her to move as there was no space available he could see that she could park in.

There were other cars and people in the area, some of whom were having a go at Ms Matheson.

One of the carers, Danny Robson, also contacted The Morning Bulletin yesterday and backed up Mr Graham's account.



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