17 Aug 2009

Opposition in Samoa criticises change of government vehicles to right hand drive

5:41 am on 17 August 2009

Samoa's cabinet has decided to change all government left hand drive vehicles to coincide with the new road side switch law which comes into effect next month.

Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, says the move will start with all official government cars and those for CEOs of government ministries and corporations.

But the opposition Tautua Samoa party is criticising the move.

It says some of the cars are brand new and were purchased only two or three years ago, and changing the vehicles will cost even more money for the country.

The party chairman, Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi, says the controversial roading legislation is an expensive exercise for Samoa.

"It's very irresponsible for a government to waste money un-necessary but we are also quite aware that our country does not have the resources and financial backing to waste money on this legislation."

Lealailepule also says he knows that the government's test driving range, where people have been encouraged to practice driving on the left hand side, is not being used, and is a waste of public money.