NJ ride-hailing passengers, drivers weigh in on Sami's Law

Justin Udo
June 20, 2019 - 8:02 pm

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NEW JERSEY (KYW Newsradio) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a law Thursday requiring ride-hailing vehicles to take some extra precautions to help ensure their passenger’s safety.

Sami's Law is named after the New Jersey woman who was abducted and killed in South Carolina back in March after she got into a car she thought was her Uber.

The law requires ride-hailing drivers to display illuminated signs to show their affiliation, and make the driver’s picture and license plate number available to the passenger.

"I think the law will actually be beneficial. It should work," said Earl Davis from Camden, who says his ride-hailing service of choice has been proactive with their safety measures, but he’s happy that what was once optional is now mandatory.

"The Lyft app is actually real good, because it shows you your driver and it also shows you the person you are picking up, so it protects the driver and the rider as well," he added.

Barry Brown, who’s been driving Uber for the last seven months, says he’s not putting too much in the new law because people can be careless.

"I don’t really think it makes a difference. If somebody is going to be a fool, I don’t think a placard is going to stop them from being a fool," he said. 

Some riders added placards can be stolen, so people need to do their due diligence and make sure they are getting in the right car.

Gianna from Hamilton, New Jersey says even with the new provisions, passengers should still be cautious and use the tools provided to them.

"I think that it would help, but other people would be able to get the placard so it's something to be cautious of," she said.