The injured taxi driver behind a sickening viral video has damaged his silence over an assault sparked by a £20 fare.
Muhammad Arif, 52, was repeatedly punched as he dropped off his first passenger of the day in Kimpton Shut, Druids Heath on Tuesday afternoon (June 30).
The cabbie, who’s a dad-of-four, was assaulted as a row over payment turned violent close to to a block of flats at round 2pm.
His passenger lashed out after refusing to pay for an hour-long journey by way of Birmingham, Mr Arif revealed simply 24 hours after the attack.
“It was very painful, when he hit me within the face, it bled and swelled,” the A Vehicles taxi driver recalled, his eyesight nonetheless impaired by the purple bruising.
“That is the rationale I known as the ambulance. They checked my blood stress and heartbeat and so they mentioned it had gone very excessive.”
He mentioned instances have been extraordinarily robust all through the coronavirus disaster, with drivers usually ready as much as two hours to choose up their first job of the day.
So when the uncommon journey totalled £20 – Mr Arif was happy to have made what would have been the most important fare of the day.
“It was a fare of £20. I picked one [person] up exterior a flower store, they took me to a few locations, and after three locations he received out from my automobile on the final vacation spot.”
However as quickly as they arrived, the sufferer mentioned his passenger fled with all his belongings – together with a bag filled with greater than a dozen bottles of booze.
“It is the 4 5 kilos we do not trouble with, generally they run. However that they had been with me multiple hour, it was my first job yesterday, it is very exhausting to discover a good job [in the pandemic].
“You may wait one hour generally two hours to get a job.”
Mr Arif politely requested the thug to pay up and to go away one thing contained in the taxi ‘for safety’ as he went to go away.
However as a substitute he started punching the motive force in vicious scenes extensively shared to social media.
“I wasn’t anticipating him to be a runner as a result of he had a heavy bag with greater than 15 bottles. I informed him this was not truthful he needed to pay the £20. I held the bag so he simply began hitting me.”
After the person fled, the cabbie was taken by ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital the place they took X-rays and administered ache reduction earlier than discharging him.
However he has been ignored of labor because the swelling means he can not drive, he mentioned.
His household have urged him to surrender the job amid issues for his security, and Mr Arif is uncertain when he’ll return to work.
“I’ll see what’s taking place in two to a few days due to the swelling I can not drive correctly,” he added.
“This video being viral, due to that woman for making that video as a result of generally you have no proof, so this implies police can take motion as a result of all of the proof is in entrance of them.”
West Midlands Police confirmed it was utilizing the video to assist observe the passenger, with anybody with data urged to get in contact.
The assertion from West Midlands Police learn: “We’re investigating after a taxi driver was attacked following a dispute over a fare in Druids Heath at round 2pm yesterday (30 June).
“The 52-year-old man was taken to hospital with a reduce and swelling to his face after being repeatedly punched in Kimpton Shut.
“We’re conscious of video circulating on social media and the footage is being examined as a part of our enquiries to hint the attacker.”
Following the assault, Councillor Majid Mahmood called on Birmingham City Council to implement CCTV into all personal rent automobiles and hackney carriages.
Sharing the horrific video, seen above, he wrote to Fb: “I’m disgusted by this vicious assault on a hardworking Personal Rent driver by a passenger who refused to pay his fare.
“I’m sick of those relentless bodily and verbal assaults towards our hardworking Personal Rent drivers. The police ought to undertake of a zero tolerance strategy, and the courts shouldn’t have any hesitation in utilizing their powers to imprison perpetrators the who embark upon such vicious assaults.
“The sufferer is sort of aged, and he’s simply making an attempt to make a trustworthy residing offering for his household. That is at a time once we are within the midst of a nationwide disaster of COVID19 and the drivers are risking their lives to assist the remainder of us inc key staff such because the NHS.”
“If CCTV was obligatory the attacker can be dropped at swift justice. That’s why I’m going to proceed to foyer the Metropolis Council till CCTV is put in in all Personal Rent and Hackney Carriage drivers.”
Anybody with data is requested to contact police by way of Dwell Chat, or by calling 101, and quote 20BW/151488Q/20.