Local Uber/Lyft users react to new SC ride share legislation

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Lowcountry Uber and Lyft riders and drivers are reacting to the new ride share legislation. 

Thursday, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster signed a bill into law after University of South Carolina student Samantha Josephson was killed after getting into a car she thought was her uber. 

“I think there’s always room for improvement,” Latania said. 

The law now requires drivers to have a front license plate for riders. 

“I think it’s a step in the right direction,” one ride share user said. 

“With all that has taken place in our community and the states I think it’s a great idea because its so many people that use this service,” Latania said. “I think it’s important to know that when you get in that car it’s an uber driver.”

However, some ride share users believe more should be done. 

Jeremy Rish said, ” tinted windows shouldn’t be allowed for uber drivers as well.”

One Lyft driver believes there are already enough safety measures in place. 

“They give the license plate, the make, model, the color of the car, the driver’s name,” David Schwartz said. 

Schwartz said he rarely has passengers that check to make sure they are getting into the right car. 

“It’s only about one percent of my riders that check my license plate,” Schwartz said. “More often than not, they’ll give me a quiz like what’s my name? What’s your name?”

His suggestion to prevent another tragedy is for both riders and drivers to follow the procedures that are already in place. 

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