29 Jun 2009

Strike out motion against road side switch case in Samoa fails

11:19 am on 29 June 2009

Samoa's Attorney General has failed to secure a strike out motion against the legal action brought against the government over its plans to swop which side of the road people drive on.

This means the action brought by PASS, the group of people who are against switching road side, will be determined in a court hearing.

However the Attorney General, Aumua Ming Leung Wai, has succeeded in striking out an attempt by PASS to strip the government of its immunity under the Road Transport Reform Act 2008.

The section clears the government of liability for any injury, damages or loss.

The legal team of three lawyers representing PASS is hoping the matter will be heard before switching from the right to the left side of the road will start in early September.

The former chairman of PASS and lawyer, Tole'afoa Solomona To'ailoa, applauds the decision and says there are more preparations before the hearing.

The matter will be called against next week for the court to set a hearing date.