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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 6:59 pm 
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Women 'feared for their lives' as nightmare taxi driver overtook ambulance with its blue lights on

https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/l ... e-16587146

The driver allegedly sped through a village, tailgated the ambulance and told his passengers to 'f*** off'

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Two of the three women (Image: Cambridgeshire Live/David Johnson Photographic)

Three women claim they were left 'fearing for their lives' as their taxi driver sped, overtook on corners and told them to "f*** off" on their way home from a concert.

On Sunday, June 23, the women, who did not wish to be named, were picked up from Horseheath racecourse, Cambridge at around 2am.

The women said they pre-booked a taxi from Panther Taxis Cambridge to take them back to Wilbraham.

But when they got in their driver's Audi, they say their fun night out took a turn for the worse.

As he drove them home down the A1307, nicknamed the road of death for the number of fatalities it has had, the women say the driver went over speeds of 80mph.

As he came to the end of the dual carriageway the women say he caught up with a vehicle with blue flashing lights.

Apparently the driver, believing this to be a police car first slammed hard on the brakes, however, after realising it was actually an ambulance with its blue light on tailgated the vehicle.

The women say the driver then tailgated the ambulance as the road had now turned into just a single carriageway.

As the road turned into a single carriageway the women said they asked the driver to slow down.

However, they say the driver kept speeding.

One of the women said that she noticed a speed aware sign as they passed through Linton which flashed up as 51mph, despite the speed limit being 30mph.

It was here that the women said the driver overtook the ambulance heading to an emergency.

One of the women said: "As we approached a bend, he decided to risk our lives and overtake [the ambulance].

"One of the passengers in the back screamed 'don't overtake on a bend!', to which he replied 'if anything happens it's my responsibility'."

By this point the three women had told the driver to slow down a number of times. They said that the driver's attitude was becoming more aggressive and that the rap music he was playing loudly in his car was also intimidating.

The woman continued: "We all had a go at him and said we don't want to be killed and that he should slow down and drive responsibly.

"He said 'don't f****** tell me how to drive'.

"I wanted to tell him to stop the car and let us get out as we feared for our lives, however I knew we'd be stranded."

The women said they were so scared by this, that they decided not to tell the driver exactly where they lived, as they feared he might come back if they publicly complained.

But when they told the driver to pull over he then allegedly tried to overcharge them for the trip, despite the cost being prearranged when the taxi was booked.

The women now say they have tried to complain to Panther Taxis Cambridge, but have had no apology or explanation.

CambridgeshireLive contacted Panther Taxis Cambridge for comment but are still waiting a response.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:02 pm 
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Slightly odd that this brings to mind another two pieces from Cambridge posted in June.

Maybe it's just a copycat/bandwagon sort of thing.


A 'seedy' Cambridge taxi driver tried to pimp me out to other men

https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/c ... e-16429511

What one woman thought was a normal taxi ride in Cambridge turned into a terrifying nightmare


Fake taxi: How a girl's night out in Cambridge took an unexpected turn for the worse

https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/c ... y-15510760

"I thought what the hell could have actually happened last night if we didn't get pulled over by the police"


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:04 pm 
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Anyway, the driver works for Panther cabs, drives an Audi (doubt if too many of them plated) and plays loud rap music.

So although driver not named, anyone who knows the trade there should be able to work out who it is. And probably a fair few members of the public as well :shock:


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:16 pm 
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StuartW wrote:
Anyway, the driver works for Panther cabs, drives an Audi (doubt if too many of them plated) and plays loud rap music.

So although driver not named, anyone who knows the trade there should be able to work out who it is. And probably a fair few members of the public as well :shock:

One would hope Panther have a booking for the job.

The other thing is why didn't they video all this going on?

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:22 pm 
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Sussex wrote:
One would hope Panther have a booking for the job.


The women did claim that the car was pre-booked, and that the cost was "prearranged when the taxi was booked".

Sussex wrote:
The other thing is why didn't they video all this going on


Indeed, seems pretty unlikely that three young women coming from a music festival wouldn't have a smart phone, and that in view of the length of the incident that they wouldn't try to film it.

Maybe they did, but the paper just didn't want to use the video for whatever reason.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:31 am 
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Panther are a big firm and probably have a near monopoly in cambridge.

I know 3 years ago they had something like 70 to 80 percent of the local PH cars on board with them. Not sure now

Their main recruitment is aimed away from Cambridge at attracting drivers from Peterborough, Luton and other large towns within a 50 mile radius one driver who worked Stamford went to work for them on the promise of guaranteed £600 to £800 a week takings

He was back in Stamford within a month :wink:

clearly they take ANYONE !!!!!

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