21 Apr 2008

Controversial road bill in Samoa gets through

5:36 am on 21 April 2008

Samoa's controversial Road Transport bill has gone through Parliament in the final reading and is set to become law once the Head of State, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, endorses it.

Despite predicts of significant defections, the ruling HRPP party has only lost two MPs, who resigned and became independents because of their opposition to the change.

The Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, says the switch to driving on the left side of the road will take place in the middle of 2009.

The prime minister says the government has also considered a change which would allow older vehicles to be imported under the new law.

The age limit would be increased from 8 to 12 years old.

He says this will ensure that every low income family in the country can afford to buy a right hand drive car