Passenger protections for NC ride-sharing users considered

Ridesharing (Photo: Uber)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Some North Carolina lawmakers are seeking more protections for ride-sharing service users following the death of a college student this year in South Carolina.

The House Transportation Committee scheduled Tuesday debate on legislation pushed by House Majority Leader John Bell.

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Bell and other legislators recently proposed a requirement that drivers for Uber, Lyft and similar companies display illuminated logo signs. The idea came after police say a University of South Carolina student mistakenly got into the car of someone impersonating an Uber driver in March. She was later killed.

South Carolina legislators initially introduced a similar logo sign idea, but instead mandated that drivers display their license tag numbers on a sign on the front of their vehicles. Ride requesters can match the numbers with what the company sends them.