A TAXI passenger who watched her driver get out and punch a female moped rider in the head has spoken of her disgust.
The passenger was accompanying a young man who has learning disabilities and challenging behaviour.
As reported, Hampshire police put out an appeal for witnesses after a woman was hospitalised with neck injuries after the assault close to North Street roundabout in Emsworth.
The passenger in the Aqua Cars vehicle, who does not want to be named, said: ‘I was absolutely appalled by what happened. As soon as I got home I called Aqua and told them but I know the driver is still on the road because he has been seen.
‘The moped was travelling at the correct speed and the taxi driver overtook her in the left-hand lane, nearly knocking her off her bike.
‘When we got to the roundabout she had time to catch him up and she said to him “you nearly knocked me off my bike”.
‘The driver replied saying, “do one”.
‘With that he drove right close to her, nearly knocking her off her bike again.
‘He then got out of the taxi and hit her round the head. It made her unsteady on her feet. I think she was in shock. It was absolutely disgusting.’
The passenger said when the driver got back in the car he asked her to be his witness.
She ignored him because she wanted to get out of the car as quickly as possible and was concerned about how the young man she was looking after would react to what they had seen.
‘I still can’t believe that a man could get out of a car and hit a woman round the head,’ she said.
‘She actually looked like a young girl with her helmet on but when she took it off you could see she was an older woman.
‘This man should not be allowed on the road.’
Despite several calls by The News to Aqua Cars the company has not responded to the allegations.
The passenger has also alerted Portsmouth City Council’s licensing department. They said they cannot discuss individual cases but said they do have the power to suspend a licence.
Anyone who witnessed the attack, which happened at 4pm last Wednesday in Havant Road and involved a red Peugeot, should contact Havant police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.