VIDEO: Road rage incident highlights tensions between cabs, ride-hailing companies
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu police are investigating a case of road rage that was caught on video from inside a cab.
The Charley's Taxi driver, who didn't want her name used, says an Uber driver waved a knife to intimidate her.
The incident happened on April 26 in Waikiki.
The cab driver was on Royal Hawaiian Avenue with a group of Japanese tourists in her van, when a car cut her off.
Video shows the Genesis G80 with the Uber symbol in the back window pull into the lane right in front of the cab.
The cab driver honked the horn and she says, the Uber driver responded.
"The first reaction was the (middle) finger, and then I think he looked in the rear view mirror and saw it was a Charley's taxi or taxi period, and then proceeded to wave the knife out," she says.
You can hear on the video, she and her passengers react to what she describes as a bolo knife.
She notifies her dispatch and later calls police.
"This was really reckless, and it was scary for the driver and also for the customers," says Dale Evans, owner of Charley's Taxi.
Evans says the Uber symbol in the back window of the car and the license plate clearly shown, don't guarantee HPD will be able to find the person waving the knife.
Evans says that's because ride sharing companies have different city regulations, "The database, they have no database on the vehicles and drivers, of course, we have a database and have been giving to city for years."
Evans also says background checks aren't as strict for ridesharing groups putting cab companies at a disadvantage.
The Honolulu City Council will take up the issues Wednesday morning.
Uber spokesman Nathan Hambley says proposed changes to ridesharing rules would be costly for their customers.
"Bill 35 would force Uber and driver-partners into an outdated taxicab business model," Hambley said. "The regulations it proposes would limit the ability of thousands of island drivers to use rideshare platforms to make money."
"It would also likely make ridesharing on Oahu less affordable, less convenient and less reliable," Hambley said. "Rather than support Bill 35, The Honolulu City Council should keep Hawaii moving forward by eliminating outdated taxi regulations and maintain the ability of thousands of locals to drive and ride via the Uber platform."
Regarding the incident with the knife, Hambley says Uber is also doing an investigation, saying the alleged behavior is not appropriate and violates policy.
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