17 Dec 2007

Opponents of Samoa's plan to drive on other side of road hope to attract 10,000 to march.

4:23 pm on 17 December 2007

A Samoa group, leading the push to stop Government plans to have the country drive on the other side of the road, says a delay in implementing the move is no surprise.

People Against Switching Sides hope up to 10,000 will march in Apia tomorrow to encourage the Government to reverse its position.

The Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele, says the year's delay will allow for more cars to be imported in preparation for the change while road safety education can be undertaken.

PASS's Georgina Newton says they had always known the Government would not be in a position to meet its deadline of July 2008, but it makes no difference to their campaign.

"I think they are just stating the obvious, which isn't reducing the heat on the issue at all. Our march isn't so much a protest march but really the march is an appeal to the Government with our petition not to change the side of the road we drive on - for the obvious reasons. I think everyone still feels the same whether it is going to happen in July [next year] or July 2009."

Georgina Newton