This is the moment an Uber passenger brawled with another minicab’s driver in an apparent road rage clash over a clipped wing mirror.
Uber rider Seb Bench filmed the dramatic fracas in Angel, Islington – between his driver, another Uber driver and his passenger – on his phone this morning.
He told the Standard the violence was sparked when the other minicab, a Toyota Prius, tried to cut in front of his driver’s BMW, causing the car to clip its wing mirror on a lorry it was passing on the left.
Both drivers exited their vehicles to start remonstrating in the street before an initial tussle began, the 43-year-old PR boss said.
Mr Bench said his footage showed the well-turned out Uber passenger in the pink shirt throwing his driver to the ground before punching him repeatedly.
The clash happened in the middle of the street on Wednesday morningThe driver of the other cab, in the red polo shirt, appears at this point to be trying to calm things down as a fourth man – a bystander in a baseball cap – also intervenes to stop the violence.
Mr Bench said he had no idea why the passenger of the other car became involved.
“My guy was obviously angry and there had been pushing and shoving in the first round. But the [other passenger] was full-on aggressive,” he said.
Mr Bench, who is the chief executive of communications agency Exposure Digital, said he had not yet reported the incident – which took place on Goswell Road at the junction with Islington High Street around 9.15am, Wednesday – and did not believe police had become involved.
He said after he stopped filming things calmed down, and he ended up catching a black cab in order to make a mid-morning meeting with a client.
The passenger, left, and the driver of Mr Bench’s Uber prepare to throw punches at each other
A spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police said at this stage the force had no record of the incident being reported.
An Uber spokesman said: “Uber has a zero tolerance policy to violence from both riders and drivers on the platform and we have reached out to those involved to get more information.
“With all incidents of a serious nature, it’s our policy to suspend all parties from the platform while we investigate.”
Source: London Evening Standard