5 Nov 2007

Many organisations voice opposition to Samoa's right hand drive plan

4:13 pm on 5 November 2007

A delegation of Samoan NGOs has met the Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele, to raise their objections to the proposed switch to right hand drive cars.

The delegation said that contrary to government's claims, right hand drive cars will not be cheaper than left hand drives.

A spokesperson for the delegation and former President of the Chamber of Commerce, Sala Epa Tuioti, said the Prime Minister stated that their submission would be considered by Cabinet.

Daryl Clarke, an Executive Member of the Chamber of Commerce, said the announcement of government's policy has already caused substantial hardship and uncertainty to Samoa's community, particularly its business people.

He said there was no consultation before the policy was announced and Government has not released any clear supporting evidence of the benefits of a change to right hand drive.