Fare share of trouble

TAXI TERROR: Taxi driver Ian Favero speaks about the trouble drivers face as police appeal to the public for information to an assault last month. Picture: Anthony Stipo.

TAXI TERROR: Taxi driver Ian Favero speaks about the trouble drivers face as police appeal to the public for information to an assault last month. Picture: Anthony Stipo.

HE'S been punched, spat at and was verbally abused by a man who stabbed his wife two hours after he dropped him off.

They're just some of the incidents taxi driver, Ian Favero has experienced in his 40 years as a driver in Griffith.

Mr Favero spoke to The Area News following an incident in which a taxi driver was punched on the job last month.

"In general, we are a little apprehensive," he said.

"We do our best to try and stay away from trouble."

Mr Favero said when he was first driving taxis, he would encounter "happy drunks", but now he often had to deal with intoxicated people who became aggressive.

He believes young people drinking before they get to licensed premises has something to do with it.

Mr Favero said people were often extremely intoxicated by the time they wanted to go home for the night.

According to Mr Favero, in the past four weeks he has three incidents in which an intoxicated person has vomited in his vehicle.

"This usually happens once a year - I hope it doesn't happen again for a while. It doesn't please me, I can tell you," he said.

Mr Favero said over the years he had learnt how to deal with most situations, but a punch to the head two years ago took him completely by surprise.

"It came out of the blue," Mr Favero said.

"I was fortunate that where it happened there was a passerby who saw what happened and he came to my aid."

Mr Favero said he contemplated driving his taxi home and never getting behind the wheel again, but most of the time he loves his job.

Two decades earlier, Mr Favero said he took a man home to a rural property.

He said the man became verbally abusive, went inside and came back with a jar of coins which he threw on the floor and made Mr Favero pick up.

Mr Favero said he didn't argue or make a scene and was glad he didn't because the man later stabbed his wife.

"That taught me you're better off copping a bit of flack and not being a hero," he said.


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