A taxi driver from Wakefield who is also a father of two children, Muhammad Akram, 41, was brutally assaulted by three passengers on a Sunday morning in Wakefield after he tried to protect his takings.
The co-chairman of Wakefield Private Hire and Hackney Association, Wajid Ali, says it was not an isolated incident, a lot of them has happened in the near past. Wajid said: “These types of incidents are always under-reported because nothing gets done, but can’t allow it to be brushed under the carpet.
Wajid further added: “All our fellow taxi drivers have no support network to go to. We have done safeguarding training, but we are more exposed out there than we would like to be.”
Mr. Muhammad Akram, who works for private hire firm based in Lower Warrengate, had picked up the passengers on Sunday, June 30, at around 8 am and was instructed to drive to Litton Croft in Eastmoor. On arrival, he was given £5 for a £4 fare, and as he went into his tub full of his takings, one passenger in the back seats grabbed the cash.
He was then repeatedly punched by all three passengers and fell out of his car and spilling money across the road. The three robbers took more than £200. He was taken to the hospital, and he suffered cuts and bruises and a suspected broken nose.
His wife, Shazela Akram, said she now fears for her husband’s safety.