10 Sep 2009

More talks in Samoa over bus door row

6:31 pm on 10 September 2009

Disgruntled bus operators in Samoa are to meet the Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele, again tomorrow after today's talks failed to get their buses back in service.

A large number of the buses were ordered off the road this week because they didn't meet the new regulations applying since the change to driving on the left hand side of the road.

The bus operators want state assistance to move the doors on the buses to the left side as required by the regulations but so far the government has refused.

The operators plan to put a new proposal to the prime minister tomorrow, as Sara Vui-Talitu reports from Apia.

"One part of that proposal is that they are asking for ten thousand tala [US$ 3,800] per bus, to make the necessary changes, and they have also asked for temporary licences to be able to operate in the interim. They just want three month licences for wooden buses and six month for imported buses, and the reason for that is it just allows them time to get the door on the left hand side."