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An Edinburgh taxi driver has reportedly been fined £360 plus costs and had his driving licence endorsed with nine penalty points following an incident last August in which he cut up a cyclist, then appeared to assault him.

Following the trial last week at which the driver is said to have pleaded guilty to careless driving, the cyclist posted footage of the incident  - in which strong language was exchanged - to YouTube under the user name Another Edinburgh Cyclist.

Riding along Princes Street in the centre of the Scottish capital at around 4pm on 28 August last year, the cyclist stopped at a red light, with two taxis positioned in the bike box.

After the lights changed, he continued cycling along the road and as the two lanes narrowed into one and he crossed the tram lines, one of the taxi drivers passed him closely, whereupon words were exchanged.

A few minutes later, as the cyclist rode down Regent Road, he encountered the taxi driver again, who was out of his cab and apparently waiting for him, swinging a punch.

The driver, who has not been named, was apparently also charged with assault in connection with the incident, although the Edinburgh Evening News does not report whether he was found guilty on that specific charge.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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HarrogateSpa [500 posts] 1 year ago
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No surprise to see taxis (or any other vehicle) in the ASZ. 

When you're squeezed by a vehicle, it's more dangerous where there are tram tracks.

For most of the video, it's just the usual stupid, inconsiderate driving. Then when the taxi driver stops his cab and hangs around in the middle of the road waiting to swing a punch, you have to think he's lost the plot. He doesn't look especially young or fit or hard or tough, so unless he has a secret past career as a professional boxer, it seems unwise.

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HalfWheeler [667 posts] 1 year ago
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Radge cunt!

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hawkinspeter [1119 posts] 1 year ago
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That link is missing a '2', it should be: http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/video-edinburgh-taxi-driver-attacks-cyclist-1-4104822

I hope he's found guilty of the assault charge.

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Sniffer [443 posts] 1 year ago
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The most disturbing thing is just how long there was between the verbal altercation and the taxi driver stopping to assault the cyclist.  It is one thing saying something in the heat of the moment, quite another thing to hit someone during a arguement and a different scale all together to drive on for a few minutes and the line up to attack someone.

The taxi diver is absolutely unsuitable for his chosen profession and the privilege of driving should be lost.

 

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Plasterer's Radio [330 posts] 1 year ago
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Daft old cunt. 

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PhilRuss [395 posts] 1 year ago
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[[[[[ Careless driving? Maybe, but  where's the premeditated assault charge?

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bikebot [2119 posts] 1 year ago
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Hopefully there will be consequences for him with Glasgow City Council as well.

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velo-nh [130 posts] 1 year ago
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"appeared to assault him"

 

Seriously?  What do you think he was doing.. giving the cyclist a hug?

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Simon_MacMichael [2504 posts] 1 year ago
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velo-nh wrote:

"appeared to assault him"

 

Seriously?  What do you think he was doing.. giving the cyclist a hug?

Until he's been convicted of assault - and as far as we know right now, he hasn't - we can't say outright he assaulted him; until then, we have to observe legal niceties. You're entitled to read between the lines in the meantime.

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Housecathst [607 posts] 1 year ago
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As long as you get out of a car first you do what you want can't you. Take away the car and its would be assault and given how quickly this arsehole has flown off the handle I'm sure it's not the first time. 

 

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Butty [218 posts] 1 year ago
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On another wesbite it is reported that he  supposedly pleaded guilty to careless drivinga dn assault, given 9 points and £350 plus costs.

It must have been the premeditation to assault the cyclist that did for him.

Presumably he has now lost his taxi licence but will return as an Uber driver?

 

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P3t3 [417 posts] 1 year ago
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If you behave like the taxi driver did then you have to expect that justice of some for or another will come.  

However I can't help thinking that the stupid of beggar should have been given a good wallop and that would have been it.  He wanted rough and tumble, thats why he was in the bike box, thats why he cut the guy on the bike up, thats why he stopped.  

The guy on the bike wanted to have an altercation (why did he bother pushing ahead of the taxis to then have them cut him up?).   They were winding each other up , this whole thing should have ended with a brawl and the pair of them go home and think about their actions.  

 

 

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tritecommentbot [2268 posts] 1 year ago
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The tram tracks at the start of the video are far more lethal than any punch that clown could throw.

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Critchio [239 posts] 1 year ago
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Simon_MacMichael wrote:
velo-nh wrote:

"appeared to assault him"

 

Seriously?  What do you think he was doing.. giving the cyclist a hug?

Until he's been convicted of assault - and as far as we know right now, he hasn't - we can't say outright he assaulted him; until then, we have to observe legal niceties. You're entitled to read between the lines in the meantime.

Jeez how much evidence do you need!? Of course we can flippin say outright the taxi driver assaulted the cyclist. He's stood in the middle of the road, swings his arm out and then propels it into the slowing cyclist who recoils back slightly. It's an assault, and it's perfectly clear. He didn't flippin pat him on the back as job well done did he....

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handlebarcam [1061 posts] 1 year ago
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Other news sources are saying that, although he plead guilty to assault, the court chose to  merely admonish and dismiss him on that charge. And because of that, he probably gets to keep his job, making money using a public resource he has clearly demonstrated his inability to be trusted to use sanely and safely.

I wonder how far away from your car you have to venture for your violent crimes to not be punished beyond the slap on the wrist you get for "careless driving". One hundred metres? Two hundred? Does the court take into account whether you keep the engine running?

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OldRidgeback [2826 posts] 1 year ago
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bikebot wrote:

Hopefully there will be consequences for him with Glasgow City Council as well.

 

That's Edinburgh, not Glasgow. It's like something happening in Manchester and then talking about Liverpool.

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maldin [147 posts] 1 year ago
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Non sarcastic question. Is the punishment for assaulting someone without provocation simply £350? Obviously without a car involved there wouldn't be any points involved. So if I walk up to someone in the highstreet and punch them  in the face I can expect to get away with a £350 fine and nothing more?

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steviemarco [236 posts] 1 year ago
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It's not the answer, but, should have turned the camera off and beat the shit out of the taxi driver! I'm a bad person I know!angel

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fenix [835 posts] 1 year ago
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steviemarco wrote:

It's not the answer, but, should have turned the camera off and beat the shit out of the taxi driver! I'm a bad person I know!angel

 

And then you'd be getting the £350 fine and possibly a jail sentence. Brilliant. Well done. 

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wilkij1975 [29 posts] 1 year ago
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I'd love to see a video of someone doing this to a cyclist and then getting a kicking from said cyclist! It's not right but would definately make me chuckle.

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brooksby [2697 posts] 1 year ago
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I've just watched the video. I can't believe how far ahead this taxi driver went, before waiting to ambush the cyclist...  Seems completely insane.

@psts - "why did he bother pushing ahead of the taxis to then have them cut him up?" - because the lights were still red, so he figured he could get to the ASL and then ahead of them.  I know I would have done.

And finally - those tram tracks look really dangerous. Are they common there? I'd probably be looking for a different route, rather than face them every day.

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severs1966 [415 posts] 1 year ago
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Eric D wrote:

[...] he is still driving for City Cabs, Edinburgh, as it was his first offence [...] 

City Cabs are happy to employ violent criminals are they?

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P3t3 [417 posts] 1 year ago
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brooksby wrote:

@psts - "why did he bother pushing ahead of the taxis to then have them cut him up?" - because the lights were still red, so he figured he could get to the ASL and then ahead of them.  I know I would have done.

 

There is no traffic except for the two taxis.  From what i see in the video I would have waited behind them rather than pushing through, only to have them overtake again.  Its pointless and antagonistic. 

He had the right to use the bike box, but I don't see that pushing through there made good sense.  That didn't give the taxi driver the right to hit him but it is all about having a little bit of understanding about how other people view your actions.  

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Mungecrundle [866 posts] 1 year ago
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Cabbie sure is one ugly dude with a mean attitude, but frankly nowhere near as scarey as those tram lines. I almost pooed myself at 1.02 crossing those tracks at that angle! 

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brooksby [2697 posts] 1 year ago
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P3t3 wrote:
brooksby wrote:

@psts - "why did he bother pushing ahead of the taxis to then have them cut him up?" - because the lights were still red, so he figured he could get to the ASL and then ahead of them.  I know I would have done.

There is no traffic except for the two taxis.  From what i see in the video I would have waited behind them rather than pushing through, only to have them overtake again.  Its pointless and antagonistic. 

He had the right to use the bike box, but I don't see that pushing through there made good sense.  That didn't give the taxi driver the right to hit him but it is all about having a little bit of understanding about how other people view your actions.  

Maybe he wanted to make a point about there being no traffic except for those two taxis sitting in the ASL 

 

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OhYesWell [49 posts] 1 year ago
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P3t3 [417 posts] 1 year ago
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Maybe he wanted to make a point about there being no traffic except for those two taxis sitting in the ASL 

 

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Yes, exactly, the taxi driver clearly got the point...

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Housecathst [607 posts] 1 year ago
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I'm disappointed that's there was no comments open on that article, bingo card at the ready. 

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Eric D [112 posts] 1 year ago
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Interesting he was punished only for the driving - only 'admonished' for the assault+battery (or whatever the Scots equivalent).

I doubt the cyclist would have gone to the police just for the driving : how much driving is deliberately bad ?

Staggeringly, he is still driving for City Cabs, Edinburgh, as it was his first offence ! 
Presumably the Taxi Licensing office at the council might not renew his licence.

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OldRidgeback [2826 posts] 1 year ago
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brooksby wrote:

I've just watched the video. I can't believe how far ahead this taxi driver went, before waiting to ambush the cyclist...  Seems completely insane.

@psts - "why did he bother pushing ahead of the taxis to then have them cut him up?" - because the lights were still red, so he figured he could get to the ASL and then ahead of them.  I know I would have done.

And finally - those tram tracks look really dangerous. Are they common there? I'd probably be looking for a different route, rather than face them every day.

 

Yep, the driver's got anger management issues that need to be resolved. City Cabs needs to review its hiring practices.

As for Edinburgh's trams, there's a book to be written about them. The project took far longer than expected, cost twice the original budget and the network covers less than half the originally planned distance. It's an excellent example of how not to manage a major capital project in fact.

Anyone intelligent would've realised that Edinburgh has a massive network of old commuter rail lines torn up in the 60s that would've been ideal to build tramlines on. After all, the old routes were built for 50tonne steam locos so could easily handle 15tonne trams. About 2 or 3 light steel bridges would've needed to be built, one at the bottom of Leith Walk for instance. Some old bridges would've needed refurbishing.

These old urban rail routes are used for cycling/dog walking but are very underused due to the risk (whether perceived or real) of muggings. In the many times I've cycled or jogged along them, I've not exactly seen heavy use by cyclists or pedestrians.

With all that, an entire network circling the city could've been built and with minimal disruption either. It would've linked the airport to Leith and Morningside and through to Portobello. The old Scotland Street tunnel links to the main Waverley Station though the station end is now blocked by piles for the shopping centre built in the late 70s - but there could have been a very central terminus underground at St Andrew's Square linked by lifts/elevators. Another disused line could also have linked the airport to the Forth Bridge - with the new bridge opening late this year and the old road bridge planned for buses and trams, it could have connected the trams all the way to (the Kingdom of) Fife, where there are yet more disused rail lines with potential for light rail.

Instead the council opted for the most disruptive and complex option of building the tracks along the city streets. The rest as they say is history and having spent its transport budget, Edinburgh now has no money left to fix its crumbling roads either.