Bill aims to strengthen rental truck ID requirements

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Truck rental businesses would be required to verify the identification of their customers under legislation being introduced Wednesday on the first anniversary of the West Side bike path terror attack.

The bill by Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Queens), chairman of the Public Safety Committee, would require anyone renting a truck, van or SUV that holds 10 or more passengers to present their driver’s license and prove their signature is the same as on the license.

“Terrorist truck attacks have become more and more common, so we felt it was necessary to ensure that we place every layer of protection possible to prevent another attack in New York City,” said Richards.

“This bill would serve as one final check that the renter is who they say they are and is not acting in a nervous or strange manner.”

At present, renters can escape face-to-face scrutiny by picking up keys to a truck at a kiosk or by using an app.

Sayfullo Saipov stands accused of killing eight people in an ISIS-inspired attack in lower Manhattan last Halloween, using a truck he rented at a Home Depot in Passaic, NJ.

Home Depot has come under fire for not screening Saipov more carefully when accepting his Florida driver’s license.

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