26 Feb 2009

Road switch training begins in Samoa next week

4:53 pm on 26 February 2009

Training to teach Samoan drivers how to drive on the left hand side of the road begins next week on the country's main island.

Under the Road Transport Reform Bill 2008, Samoans are to drive on the other side of the road from September.

It is the second training session put on by Samoa's Land Transport Authority, after the first one was shut down when the course was vandalised.

Our correspondent in Apia, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia says while the training is free, people on neighbouring Savaii Island will have to pay their own way if they want to attend - and many won't be able to afford it.

"There's no suggestion of a training like this one for the island of Savaii. That means that all motorists, of both Upolu and Savaii, are to use the training area at Faleata sport complex. Most people on Savaii can't afford to put their cars on the ferry."

Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia in Apia.

Opponents of the scheme are still trying to have it overturned.