5 cyclists confront cabby for 'jamming brake' in front of them near Middle Road, almost causing crash

Submitted by Stomper Edros, S, Lee

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Five cyclists confronted a taxi driver after one of the cyclists almost crashed into the back of the cab when it stopped suddenly on Saturday (Oct 21).

Several Stompers alerted Stomp to videos of the incident circulating online, one of which showed the angry cabby unloading a heap of vulgarities at the cyclists.

Stomper Edros commented: "Rude taxi driver."

But Stomper S blamed the cyclists, commenting: "Errant cyclists tailgated the taxi and almost hit the taxi."

In a dashcam video, the cyclists can be seen riding in the left and centre lanes of the three-lane road behind the taxi.

The taxi stopped abruptly a car length behind another vehicle that had stopped for a traffic light. The sudden stop caused one of the cyclists to hit or almost hit the rear of the taxi.

The cyclists then blocked the taxi from going forward and confronted the driver.

A video of the confrontation was taken by one of the cyclists.

A cyclist is heard repeatedly asking the taxi driver: "Why you jam brake?"

The cabby replied: “You (cut) into my lane. Why I cannot jam brake?... You don’t need to ask me why I jam brake.”

In response, the cyclist said: “You see you jam brake (but) the car in front (of your taxi) is so far away.” He points the camera to a gap between the taxi and the car in front of it.

The driver then walked round to the front of his vehicle to get to the other side of the taxi. A cyclist, who had stopped close to the front of the vehicle, then fell to the ground, together with his bicycle.

It is not clear what actually caused him to fall, but the cyclists blame the cabby.

In response to a Stomp query, the police said they were alerted at about 8.30am to a call for assistance at the junction of Victoria Street and Middle Road.

A 41-year-old man had minor injuries but declined to be taken to hospital. Police investigations are ongoing.