NC lawmakers working on stronger ride sharing legislation

Published: Jun. 4, 2019 at 7:50 PM EDT
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State lawmakers unanimously advanced legislation Tuesday to protect ride share customers, by requiring vehicles be more clearly marked.

This comes after a South Carolina woman was killed after mistakenly getting into a criminal’s car, thinking it was her Uber.

When getting from point A to point B, apps like Uber and Lyft are becoming a staple option, but some people who need transportation say it can be scary.

“Its scary for me because I don’t have a license and I don’t drive. I have a special needs son. We used to have to take cabs and other services to get to the doctor," said Rebecca Kerr, a North Carolina resident.

On Tuesday, a House committee debated a bill introduced by Majority Leader John Bell, who says vehicles should be more clearly marked with illuminated signs. Also, it is suggested drivers display license plate numbers on the front of cars for riders to read when facing the car head on.

“That’s a wonderful idea, because either way you’re coming to the vehicle, you’ll be able to tell if it’s the right vehicle," said Onslow County resident Linda Fields.

The bill would make impersonating a driver a misdemeanor. It also proposes a safety awareness campaign for college students.

The legislation will be given to another House committee for review.