26 Sep 2007

Samoa PM reaffirms commitment to road use change

12:40 pm on 26 September 2007

Samoa's prime minister says any driver who can't quickly make the change to drive on the other side of the road shouldn't be driving.

Defending the government's decision to change to right-hand drive vehicles, Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi said being overseas it took him just three minutes to adapt to driving on the other side of the road.

The Prime Minister says the Government is taking a wider look at what is best for the country and this decision is a reflection of the Government's vision and common sense.

He admits there are difficulties involved in the switch but says these are far outweighed by the benefits

The Prime Minister says one of those benefits is that it would make it easier for Samoans in New Zealand and Australia to help provide vehicles for their families in Samoa.

Meanwhile, the Transport Control Board says the switch to right hand drives will take effect in July next year.

It says all left hand drives would continue to be allowed in the country until they are no longer of use.