A Dundee taxi trade chief says violence against drivers “seems to be getting worse” after a city cabbie had his back broken in a sickening incident at the weekend.
Police have launched a manhunt after the attack in the Stobswell area on Saturday night.
It happened after he got into an argument after someone had kicked his taxi.
Asked for his reaction, Graeme Stephen, the chairman of Dundee Taxi Association, said: “I have never heard anything like this before.
“Somebody getting their back broken? Things are going out of control.”
Mr Stephen added: “There can be a threat of violence towards drivers. It doesn’t happen all the time but when it does happen it seems to be getting worse.”
And he advised drivers not to get out of their vehicles to confront people who may be trying to damage their car.
“If the car has CCTV they can move the camera to get them in shot,” he said.
“Once they’ve got them in shot they can move away and phone the police.
“But I would’t get out of the car. If someone has been drinking or on drugs they can sometimes find hidden strength.”