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Bill To Address Ride-Sharing User Safety Passes NC Committee

Lyft already flashes its purple sign. Other ride sharing companies might soon have to follow suit.
Courtesy of Lyft

North Carolina lawmakers are interested in placing new rules upon ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft so users feel safer and know when drivers are legitimate.

The House Transportation Committee approved unanimously on Tuesday a measure spurred by this year's death of a college student in South Carolina who police say got into the car of an Uber driver impersonator.

The North Carolina measure would require drivers to display their license tag numbers on a sign at the front of their vehicles. Ride requesters can match the numbers with what the company sends them. And drivers would have to display the company's logo signage. Impersonating a driver would be a misdemeanor. There would also be a safety awareness campaign for college students.

The bill next goes to another House committee.

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