A bill intended to improve safety for ride sharing services prompted by the killing of a college student in March is close to heading to the South Carolina governor’s desk.
The state Senate unanimously approved the bill that would require ride sharing drivers for companies like Uber and Lyft to display their license tag numbers on a sign on the front of their vehicles.
The proposal was spurred by last month’s killing of 21-year-old University of South Carolina student Samantha Josephson, who police say mistakenly got into the car of someone impersonating an Uber driver.
The House will have to vote again on the bill because the Senate changed a requirement for lighted signs. But supporters expect no problems passing the bill on Thursday, which is the Legislature’s last day.
Josephson was seen on surveillance video getting into a black Chevrolet Impala outside a Columbia bar early on March 29th. Her body was found later in the town of New Zion
Authorities say she was abducted by the driver of that Impala, Nathaniel Rowland. He is now charged with murder, kidnapping and weapons possession.