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“Sami’s Law” Requiring Rideshare Driver, Car Identification Advances to Governor’s Desk

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Ridgewood NJ, Legislation sponsored by Assembly members Daniel Benson, Wayne DeAngelo and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to improve customer identification of rideshare drivers and their vehicles was given final legislative approval in the Assembly Thursday, 72-0.

In South Carolina, Samantha Josephson, 21, ordered an Uber and mistakenly got into a car she thought was her ride. The driver used the childproof locks in his car to imprison Josephson before killing her and leaving her about 65 miles from Columbia.

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Is that my Uber? Rooney bill has the answer

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Ridgewood NJ,  A college student from New Jersey was murdered after she got into a car driven by a predator, not the Uber driver she expected. This week, police charged a suspect with picking up a young woman who called for Uber at a bar in Manhattan, drugging and assaulting her in a motel near the airport in Newark. These are two of a growing list of similar incidents.

Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney increases safeguards with his legislation helping riders confirm the identity of their ride-share drivers.

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Safety Tips For Ride-Sharing Apps

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Ridgewood NJ, In light of the recent tragedy in South Carolina,
Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney shares a few tips to keep in mind when using ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft. According to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, here are the steps you can take to ensure a safe ride:

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Uber Driver Charged with Sexual Assault in Bergen County

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Alpine NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of DEARAN BENNETT (DOB: 09/12/1983; single; Uber Driver) of Brooklyn, New York, on charges of Sexual Assault.  The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti and the Alpine Police Department under the direction of Chief Christopher Belcolle.

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Fair Lawn Police : It is not worth it, take an Uber or Lyft or some other means besides getting behind the wheel!

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Fair Lawn NJ, Fair Lawn Police report that At 11:02 am yesterday the 27th of November officers responded to a one car motor vehicle accident into a tree. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured. The operator was suspected driving while intoxicated and blew three times the legal limit! It is not worth it, take an Uber or Lyft or some other means besides getting behind the wheel!

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Uber Settles Largest Multi-State Data Breach Settlement Ever

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Trenton NJ,  Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced today that the ride-sharing company Uber Technologies, Inc. has agreed to pay a total of $148 million to resolve a multi-jurisdiction investigation into a data breach that compromised the personal information of Uber riders and drivers. New Jersey’s share of the recovery is approximately $3.75 million.

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Reader says a Parking Garage is So 1990

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Wait, so the argument now is… because a previous council approved the building of condos, in order to “save” the Village we need to appease the developers and build a garage for them given that they will obviously not have the needed parking spaces for their new tenants….and if we don’t build this thing, this town will become a glorified Rt 17 strip filled with gyms, banks and more condos? Come on people…..let’s all assume they build this thing, how does that change anything in terms of the parking landscape in this town? Yes, commuters will use it, yes shoppers will use it, but lets be realistic, probably only those looking to shop on Broad St or very close to it. We all know that everyone in this town or those that come here want to park right across the street from where they’re going, as stated in many of the posts before, if you look for parking you will find it, but you may have to walk a bit. So the taxpayers of this town should spend millions of dollars to alleviate a problem that may or may not exist for two to three hours on Friday and Saturday nights?? Do the math, it doesn’t add up and with Uber that problem is going away. Let’s spend money on updating the current run down parking lots we have or reconfigure current parking lanes and see how that goes….what’s the downside? We need to stop looking backward and look forward….Uber and Amazon to name a few are changing how we live our lives….less brick and mortar, less cars being driven for nights out….that’s the future, not building a garage that maybe in 1990 there was a solid argument for.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook once personally threatened to kick Uber out of the App Store (AAPL)

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Published 8:57 am, Sunday, April 23, 2017

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Apple CEO Tim Cook once personally told Uber CEO Travis Kalanick that the Uber app violated Apple’s privacy rules, and threatened to remove Uber from Apple’s App Store, the New York Times reported on Sunday.

The issue in the reported early-2015 meeting was that Uber had a system to identify iPhones after they had been wiped and the Uber app had been deleted — something Uber was doing to combat driver fraud in China.

http://www.sfgate.com/technology/businessinsider/article/Tim-Cook-said-this-word-5-times-on-Apple-s-4523559.php

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Reader says The sharing economy is here to stay no matter what anyone says

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The sharing economy is here to stay no matter what anyone says. Our kids will take self-drive uber cars to work and play, and stay at Air BnB shared accommodations on business trips and holidays. The fact that Ridgewood isn’t a destination probably means it never takes off here anyway, but luddites rule in NJ and Ridgewood. Tesla’s online sales model was banned because it messes with car dealers, uber is a threat to cabbies, and Air BnB threatens hotels. Why aren’t we asking what is wrong with the conventional wisdom on these issues instead of the immediate reaction to block change?

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N.J. Legislature tightens rules for Uber, Lyft

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Updated: DECEMBER 29, 2016 — 1:08 AM EST

by Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU  @AndrewSeidman

Ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft have been operating in New Jersey for years, but the state doesn’t regulate how they contract with drivers, insure, or provide other protections to consumers.

That could change soon, pending Gov. Christie’s approval.

During a marathon session before the holidays, the Democratic-controlled Legislature voted overwhelmingly to pass a bill that specifies how much insurance ride-hailing companies must maintain, and establishes requirements for conducting background checks on drivers.

So-called transportation network companies would be prohibited from discriminating against riders based on their destination, race, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity, among other things.

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/20161229_N_J__Legislature_tightens_rules_for_Uber__Lyft.html?utm_campaign=Observer_NJ_Politics&utm_content=New%20Campaign&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=New%20Jersey%20Politics