SC House Passes Rideshare Bill

Despite Uber’s concerns

Evan Smith
April 11, 2019 - 3:37 pm

The South Carolina House voted this week mandating that all rideshare drivers, including drivers for Uber and Lyft, must display illuminated signs to make it more obvious and easy to identify them.

The passage of the bill through the House comes a week after University of South Carolina student Samantha Josephson was murdered after she got in a car that she thought was her Uber ride.

Uber came out against the new legislation, saying that those illuminated signs are easy to purchase online and that it could actually increase the risk of imposter drivers.

But sponsors of the bill downplayed those concerns, saying that the illuminated sign is one additional layer of safety that could help students, and that the presence of the logo is not solely what makes the ride safe.

Lawmakers are also pushing for awareness campaigns urging all rideshare passengers – and especially young and vulnerable students who rely on these services – to always ask the driver to repeat back their name to confirm they are indeed their proper driver before getting into any vehicle. 

The bill will now make its way to the state Senate.

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