Today, the North Carolina General Assembly gave final approval to the Passenger Protection Act (HB 391
), bipartisan legislation introduced by House Majority Leader John Bell (R-Wayne) to make ridesharing safer in the wake of the tragic murder of University of South Carolina student Samantha Josephson by someone impersonating her Uber driver. The bill now goes to the Governor for his signature.
"My goal this entire process has been to bring everyone to the table to identify real solutions that address the growing problem of rideshare impersonators who are exploiting this technology and targeting our most vulnerable citizens, particularly around college campuses,"
said Rep. John Bell. "Ultimately, you cannot prevent bad people from doing bad things, but these common sense safeguards will make it easier for people to properly identify their rides and help prevent such a tragedy from happening in North Carolina."
While the Passenger Protection Act implements new safety measures, it is still up to individuals to remain vigilant by checking the license plate number of their rides, asking the driver to say their name, and if they feel unsafe in a situation to contact local law enforcement.
Key provisions of the Passenger Protection Act:
- Rideshare drivers must display a printed license plate number on the front of their vehicle.
- Starting July 1, 2020, rideshare drivers must have illuminated signage in their vehicles.
- Creates a new criminal penalty for impersonating a rideshare driver.
- Makes it a misdemeanor to assault a rideshare driver.
- Contact: Jimmy Milstead