Well, Amandeep Singh is one taxi driver you should not argue with about fares, why? Because he may just run you over, and a Supreme Court Judge has now ordered the taxi driver to pay $275,082 in compensation for deliberately running into a passenger and causing personal injury.
Amandeep Singh raised his middle finger in an offensive gesture and then deliberately veered his taxi into one of the passengers after dropping them at the Fimister Circuit in the northern suburb of Kambah in Canberra on 24 May 2014, the Supreme Court was told.
While driving back from the dropping off point which ended with a roundabout, Mr Singh accelerated and drove his taxi into the passenger knocking him to the ground, before fleeing from the scene.
As a result, the passenger suffered a laceration to his left hand, injury to shoulders, left knee, cervical spine and experienced post-traumatic stress disorder, the Supreme Court found.
Amandeep Singh raised his middle finger and then ‘deliberately’ veered his taxi into the passenger, the ACT Supreme Court found.
Mr Singh was ‘probably angry’ because the occupants of the taxi had challenged him concerning the fare he had charged, Judge J Burns said.
“It need hardly be said that the first defendant’s driving involved a gross departure from his duty to exercise reasonable care and skill in driving the taxi,” said Judge Burns.
In the court, the passenger claimed that he had suffered physical and psychic trauma as a result of the accident, which affected his work and relationship with his partner.
Meanwhile, Mr Singh’s counsel alleged that the passenger was guilty of contributory negligence since he was ‘highly intoxicated’ at the time of the accident.
However, Judge Burns said that the passenger’s level of intoxication was not in any way causally connected with the injuries he had sustained.
Mr Singh was ordered to pay $275,082 in damages to the passenger to cover the past economic losses that he had incurred for taking sick leaves, medical treatment, general damages, and gratuitous services.
The compensation included 10% apportionment to the passenger by virtue of contributory negligence.