27 Jun 2006

Public hearings in American Samoa on public transport

6:29 am on 27 June 2006

American Samoa's Commerce Commission will hold a public hearing tomorrow to gather public comments on its proposal to ban the commercial use of 4-wheeled vehicles as buses.

The proposed ban is not on personal use of such vehicles.

This preliminary public hearing follows the commission voting unanimously at a recent meeting to ban 4-wheel buses.

Also to be discussed at the public hearing is the commission's proposal to put a time limit on vehicles used for commercial purposes, a move that has already been implemented in Samoa for certain commercial vehicles.

It is still unclear what the time limit is being proposed by the commission.

Public concerns raised with the commission regarding the conditions of some taxis on island prompted the move to ensure the safety of people using public transport.