A black cab driver from Edinburgh has accused Scottish water of £3,000 worth of damage to his taxi after he drove over an open manhole.
Forty-eight years old cabbie, Derek Scott, was driving down Lanark road around 10 pm on August 7 when he escaped several traffic cones in the middle of the road only to drive straight over an open manhole. The horrific accident caused more than £3,000 of damage and kept the taxi off the road for ten days, costing Scott and his business partner several thousands of pounds in lost fares.
Scottish water said they were only made aware of the open manhole after Mr Scott’s accident, despite the driver initially being told they were informed of it at 9 pm on the night of the incident.
According to Mr Scott: “it was raining casually on that day, and I picked up a passenger at a rank and was heading up to Balerno. “when I was going up Lanark road I went in between a couple of cones and heard a bang. I couldn’t see any damage, and I saw another motor at the side of the road, and he had hit the open drain as well.
Parts of the cab underneath the chassis were gouged and ripped apart by the manhole. The loss was estimated to cost £3,000 by Mr Scott’s insurance company.
A Scottish Water spokesman said: “Scottish water was made aware of an issue with a manhole cap on Lanark road at 10.20pm on August 7. We instigated an urgent repair and had a team at the site within an hour. Scottish water attended the damaged manhole immediately, and we are not liable for any damage.”