Taxi drivers are furious over the invasion of Uber drivers in Queensland.
Taxi drivers are furious over the invasion of Uber drivers in Queensland. John Winston

Taxi driver retreats after boast of hitting Uber driver

A BRISBANE taxi driver who boasted on Facebook about hitting an Uber driver has again taking to social media to explain his outburst.

Greg Collins, the owner of the Virginia-based cab company Complete Taxi Management, wrote on the Brisbane Taxi Driver Facebook page on Sunday that he had physically assaulted an Uber driver.

The post has since been removed.

"F***ing slap him like I did to the prick in Warner St the other night, I am f***ing over them," Mr Collins wrote.

"You wait I will f***ing get them.

"They won't and can't defend themselves they are illegal.

"If it was 30 years ago in my time, they wouldn't last five minutes."

Mr Collins later took to Facebook to respond to the backlash.

Statement From Greg CollinsMy comments on Facebook reported in today's media were made in a closed group context and...

Posted by Complete Taxi Management P/L on Monday, October 5, 2015

"My comments on Facebook reported in today's media were made in a closed group context and were never meant to imply that I advocated violence against any person," he wrote on Tuesday morning.

"I have never assaulted anyone and my comments referred specifically to our reaction to an aggressive Uber driver.

"However while I do not advocate physical assault and don't endorse illegal activity, my comments do reflect the level of frustration that I and others in the taxi industry feel over the operation of illegal taxi services, and the inaction of the State Government.

"Honest, law abiding taxi industry participants like myself believe it is time the law was upheld and there was one law for everyone."

Taxi drivers, who have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for the licences, are furious about the introduction of Uber drivers in Queensland.

They say the industry is completely unregulated and passengers using the cheaper service could be putting themselves at risk.



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