1 Sep 2009

Samoa's Prime Minister to announce shortly whether road switch will be delayed

3:02 pm on 1 September 2009

The Samoa Prime Minister is expected to shortly announce the outcome of a special Cabinet meeting which has been considering a request to delay the move to driving on the left hand side of the road.

Five hundred people protested in Apia today over the switch which is due to come into force from Monday next week.

The organisation People Against Switching Sides, or PASS, has asked for the delay.

Its president Lefau Waikaremoana So'onalole, on behalf of the protestors, urged Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, and his Cabinet to delay the switch.

The President told the protestors that PASS now accepts the change will happen but wants the government to postpone it until all the necessary requirements for road safety are implemented.

The Prime Minister in response says both PASS and the government have the

same concerns on road safety and he has called a special Cabinet meeting to discuss the protesters concerns.

One of the lawyers representing PASS, Daryl Clarke, says safety has always been the groups main concern.

"Following the court decision on Friday and indications that the switch will be going ahead, the PASS position is simply that they will work within those parameters and will promote it as a safe switch. And they will work towards that end as well."