Istanbul taxi drivers hunt down, beat up Uber drivers as tensions rise
Tensions between regular taxi drivers and Uber drivers have been brewing for some time in Istanbul, but have recently reached a new high as reports emerge of a group of taxi drivers who allegedly hunt down and beat up Uber drivers at night in the country’s most populous city.
Such incidents are not rare occurrences but happen almost every day, according to the newspaper.
Uber driver Oğuz Usta, who alleged that he was the victim of one such attack, has brought the issue to court. Prosecutors are now investigating his claims.
The driver also claimed that in another incident they approached a client and told this person that he could not stand and wait for an Uber vehicle there.
“They take our customers. We park our vehicles to pick up a customer. But we see a tourist with a cell phone calling an Uber vehicle,” one taxi driver told the newspaper. He also complained that they were unable to make enough money because of Uber.
“If the government does not defend our rights, such incidents [physical confrontations,] will continue to occur,” said another one.
Taxis serve 1.5 million passengers a day, according to the newspaper.