31 Aug 2009

Court in Samoa upholds government Road Traffic Reform legislation

6:23 am on 31 August 2009

The Samoa government's controversial road switch policy will go ahead next week after the court ruled against a lobby group attempting to stop the change.

The legal action was brought against the government by the People against switching sides or PASS, and challenged the safety of the plans to change which side of the road people drive on

The Supreme Court judge, Vui Clarence Nelson, has also dismissed a legal claim that the Road Traffic Reform Act, which was endorsed in Parliament last year to coincide with the road switch, was unconstitutional

Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, has called on PASS, and other opponents of the change, to work together with the government to achieve a safe change in driving on September 7.

The court has ruled there is no breach of Article five about rights to life by the government in making the new road switch policy because it has been done according to law.

Meanwhile PASS has not yet ruled out an appeal as they are waiting for the full written decision.