29 Aug 2007

American Samoa seeks public input on proposed new taxi regulations

9:21 am on 29 August 2007

The government appointed Commerce Commission in American Samoa is seeking public input on proposed changes it plans to implement with taxis and buses.

Among them is the establishment of new taxi rates, the posting of rates inside the taxi and requiring photo IDs of drivers.

Taxi drivers have long complained that current rates remain unchanged while expenses such as petrol and maintenance continue to rise.

The commission also proposes to prescribe a uniform color such as yellow, for taxis and ban smoking.

Other proposed amendments include prohibiting tinted windows on commercial vehicles after they are purchased from the manufacturer and setting minimum size for buses by 2010.