A Melbourne taxi driver says he won't drive again at night after his car was one of five taxis smashed with baseball bats in a series of robberies across the city.
A gang of about seven men used stolen cars to box the drivers in on suburban roads before attacking the taxis with bats and demanding cash.
The five attacks occurred in Sunshine, Brooklyn and Laverton North in Melbourne's west between midnight and 1.30am (local time) on Monday.
Harpreet Singh was driving his taxi through Sunshine shortly after midnight when his car was rammed from behind and a second car pulled up abruptly in front of him.
He said four men with baseball bats got out of the car in front of him and began smashing the driver-side window.
"It was terrifying. They were smashing the car and hitting me with the bats also," he said.
"I leaned to the left side (of the driver's seat) to avoid the baseball bats hitting me (but) one guy punched me in the face.
"They didn't say anything to me, they just smashed the car and straight away asked for the money."
Mr Singh said he had already handed over $150 cash and his phone when one of the men punched him before the group sped off in the two cars.
He suffered a bloodied lip in the attack while another driver was hospitalised with a broken arm.
Taxi owner Sunny Singh had one of his drivers attacked and said finding people to work the night shift was becoming increasingly difficult.
"They're very scared, they don't want to drive anymore... no one knows what might happen next."
He said taxis needed to be equipped with an alarm button to serve as a direct line to police.
Police are increasing patrols in the city's west and urging drivers to phone through anything suspicious on their radios.
Superintendent Rick Nugent said the gang had identified taxis as soft targets.
"It's extreme, it is a violent attack on people just going about their business," he told reporters on Monday.
Supt Nugent said the offenders were described as men of Islander descent aged between 18 to their early 20s.
One of the abandoned stolen cars has been recovered by police.