1 Sep 2009

Samoa govt to press ahead with road switch despite latest protest

8:31 pm on 1 September 2009

Samoa's government has confirmed it will press ahead with the unpopular change to driving on the left hand side of the road from next Monday.

It held a special Cabinet meeting after a protest march in Apia today staged by the group, People Against Switching Sides, or PASS.

PASS, which lost a court challenge last week, has called for the change to be delayed until all necessary requirements for road safety are implemented.

The Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, told the protestors that he would call a special Cabinet meeting to discuss the protestors concerns.

Our correspondent, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia, says that following the meeting, the Prime Minister has pointed out that the government has already responded to PASS's concerns

"Basically he was saying that in the first protest march by PASS in 2008, the government has postponed the switch that was planned for that year to this year. Now it's the third protest march this year and the Prime Minister was saying that this will be the end of the response from the government and the switch will go ahead on Monday next week."

Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia