29 Jan 2008

Samoa's change to driving on the left moves slightly closer

11:56 am on 29 January 2008

Samoa's controversial switch from the right to the left side of the road using right hand drive vehicles has moved a step closer.

The head of state, Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese Efi, has endorsed amendments to the Road Traffic regulation to allow the re-import of right hand drive vehicles.

The development gives the government Transport Control Board the green light to issue a public notice announcing the start of the import of right hand drive vehicles next month.

This comes as the special parliamentary committee looking into petitions from people who are against the switch, has called for public opinions into the controversial change.

Meanwhile the chairman of the group of people who are against the switch from the right to the left side of the road, Tole'afoa Solomona To'ailoa, is urging the public to use the opportunity to voice their concerns about the government move before the parliamentary committee.