RALEIGH – A new law in North Carolina, which was originally introduced by House Majority Leader John Bell as the Passenger Protection Act (HB 391), began taking effect Tuesday to improve ridesharing safety in the wake of the tragic murder of University of South Carolina student Samantha Josephson by someone impersonating her Uber driver.
The law is designed to protect people from bad actors impersonating rideshare drivers to pick up their next victim. Rideshare drivers in North Carolina will now be required to display a printed license plate number on the front of their vehicle to help people properly identify their Uber or Lyft. The vehicle’s license plate number displayed must be printed in a legible font no smaller than three inches in height. Starting July 1, 2020, rideshare drivers will also be required to have illuminated signage in their vehicles.
“Tarik Aitouali, 39, picked up a woman and agreed to take her to a location in the early morning of June 27, according to an email Tuesday from the Kernersville Police Department.
He instead brought her to a different destination “without her consent and committed a sexual offense,” spokesman Blake Jones wrote.
Police say the passenger was “physically helpless at the time.” […]”
At the very least rideshare consumers will now be better able to make sure the car they’re getting into is the actual ride they called, and not someone with sinister motives.