Columbia Mayor proposes city rideshare regulations in wake of USC student death

The State

Weeks after University of South Carolina student Samantha Josephson was killed after getting into a car she believed was an Uber, Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin called for stronger regulation of ride-sharing companies within the Palmetto State’s capital city.

Benjamin’s proposed regulations included city inspection of all ride-sharing vehicles, designated pick-up points,  and better lighting at pick-up locations, according to a statement sent out Monday. The mayor proposed that no one out on bond for domestic violence or any other crime with a maximum penalty of more than a year in prison be allowed to operate Ubers or Lyfts.