President Biden signed Sami’s Law in January, to help improve safety for riders using app-hail transportation, in response to the 2019 murder of a University of South Carolina student. The law requires companies like Uber and Lyft to use enhanced verification systems and the US Department of Transportation is now required to form an advisory council for developing recommended standards for new verification technology of ride-share passengers and drivers.
The law’s namesake, Samantha Josephson, was killed in 2019 by Nathaniel Rowland, who pretended to be Josephson’s ride-share driver. Rowland was found guilty and sentenced to life for murder.
“The NLA is thrilled that this critical piece of legislation has been signed into law,” noted Robert Alexander, President of the National Limousine Association. “It is unfortunate that something so tragic had to occur to bring the importance of passenger safety to the forefront. We ardently support Sami’s Law and are firmly committed to upholding universal safety standards for all companies that employ drivers for private transportation.”