E-bike rider collided into taxi door in Balestier, hurled vulgarities at cabby and punched him in the face

A 51-year-old e-bike rider hurled vulgarities at and punched a taxi driver after colliding into the taxi's passenger door along Balestier Road.

The police said in a statement that they were alerted to a dispute between an e-bike rider and taxi driver on May 29 at about 7.20pm.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the e-bike rider had collided into the rear left passenger of the door of the taxi after a taxi passenger had opened the door.

During the confrontation, the e-bike rider allegedly hurled vulgarities at the taxi driver and punched him in the face, causing his nose to bleed profusely.

The rider also allegedly picked up a metal bin and attempted to hit the taxi driver with it.

He was subsequently arrested.

The e-bike rider, Tan Yew Huat, was charged on Monday (July 3) with one count of voluntarily causing hurt and another of voluntarily causing hurt, reports The Straits Times.

He was also charged for using insulting words against the taxi driver, Mr Sim Aik Kin, with the intent to cause distress.

Mr Sim is said to have suffered a mildly displaced nasal bone fracture from the punch.

Tan is expected to return to court on July 17.

An offender who voluntarily causes grievous hurt may be jailed for up to 10 years and fined or caned.

Those who voluntarily cause hurt may be jailed for up to three years, fined up to $5,000, or both.

The offence of intentional harassment carries a jail term of up to six months, a fine of up to $5,000, or both.