Jersey City, NJ: A college student’s death spurs a city toward requiring ‘identifying signage’ for rideshare vehicles

Jersey City may soon become the first city in New Jersey to mandate rideshare vehicles have illuminated, identifiable signs for passengers, according to a news release from the mayor’s office.

Mayor Steven Fulop announced a proposed ordinance Friday, according to the release. The ordinance comes after the death of University of South Carolina student and New Jersey native Samantha Josephson, who was kidnapped and killed when she mistakenly got into a vehicle she thought was her Uber ride.
The purpose of the ordinance is to alert riders and prevent another incident like Josephson’s murder, the release said. The ordinance will be introduced at the April 10 Jersey City Council Meeting.