Cabby sacked after video of reckless driving goes viral

The video, which has since chalked up more than 14,000 shares on Facebook, shows the taxi driver reversing into a parked car at a Redhill carpark. In it, the impact of the crash is seen lifting the parked car partially off the ground, badly denting i
The video, which has since chalked up more than 14,000 shares on Facebook, shows the taxi driver reversing into a parked car at a Redhill carpark. In it, the impact of the crash is seen lifting the parked car partially off the ground, badly denting its left door in the process. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

Taxi operator ComfortDelGro has sacked a taxi driver after a video that showed him reversing into a parked car at a Redhill carpark was circulated online.

In a statement to The Straits Times yesterday, ComfortDelGro group corporate communications officer Tammy Tan said: "For driving recklessly, we have terminated the hiring agreement of the cabby."

She said the incident happened at about noon on March 26. The video, which shows a CityCab taxi reversing at considerable speed into a stationary car, was first uploaded by Facebook user Evon Lim on Monday evening.

It has since chalked up more than 14,000 shares, with local community groups Beh Chia Lor, Road.sg and Singapore Reckless Drivers also posting the video on their respective Facebook pages.

In the video, the impact of the crash can be seen lifting the parked car partially off the ground, badly denting its left door in the process. The taxi then drove off .

The cabby's "hit-and-run" actions, based on the video, were criticised by many social media users, who blasted him for shirking responsibility.

However, Ms Tan said the cabby stopped further down the road and returned to the scene to pass his particulars to a shop owner who knew the car's owner.

"That was not captured in the footage," she said. "We are thankful that no one was injured in this incident and are assisting the owner of the parked vehicle with all repairs."

Lee Min Kok

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 06, 2016, with the headline 'Cabby sacked after video of reckless driving goes viral'. Print Edition | Subscribe