The stabbing of a Sydney taxi driver is a “sad and sobering reminder” of driver assaults ahead of one of the industry’s busiest times of the year, says the NSW Taxi Council.
Police investigations continue after a 71-year-old taxi driver was stabbed 10 times in the neck and shoulders in Surry Hills on Monday night.
One witness told Macquarie Radio she heard the man scream “I’m bleeding, I’m bleeding to death, I’m dying” at the scene.
NSW Taxi Council CEO Roy Wakelin-King told AAP his thoughts were with the family of the victim, who remains sedated and ventilated in intensive care at St Vincent’s Hospital.
“First and foremost our thoughts go to him and his family and we hope he makes a full and speedy recovery”, he said.
“Last night’s events are a very sad and sobering reminder that at times taxi drivers, who are just trying to go about their jobs … are the victims of assaults and outrageous attacks.”
Most of Sydney’s 5800 cabs will be operational this New Year’s Eve but that pales in comparison to the 1.5 million revellers expected to flock to the CBD.
Mr Wakelin-King says customers should expect delays.
“We’re asking passengers to be patient … and show some respect and courtesy to drivers who are giving up their holidays to provide transport for people,” he said.
“We ask everyone to enjoy the evening and we will be doing our bit to get everyone there and get them home safely.”
He also urged New Year’s Eve passengers to use designated taxi ranks and consider sharing fares with other customers travelling in the same direction.