17 Nov 2008

Samoa Land Transport Authority introduces taxi meters

8:01 pm on 17 November 2008

Samoa's newly established Land Transport Authority or LTA has given the green light for the use of taxi fare meters in the country for the first time.

The move has been welcomed by many taxi owners who believe the current fare listing system is unfair because of the unexpected increase of fuel prices in the world from time to time, while imported spare parts are more expensive.

The LTA is calling for expressions of interest from businesses and individuals wanting to import the meters and provide training in their use.

Meanwhile the government has appointed a top civil engineer at the Ministry of Works, Leasi John Galuvao, to head the new agency, which is now responsible for the government's controversial switch to driving on the left hand side of the road from September next year.