24 Dec 2008

PASS in Samoa reworking court action

10:03 am on 24 December 2008

The lobby group against switching to right-hand drive in Samoa says it will be filing a re-worked statement of claim and motion against the government's Transport Reform Act in the new year.

PASS or People Against Switching Sides' legal action against the government was withdrawn last week and the group was granted leave for a second amended motion to be filed by the 19th of January.

The President of PASS, Tolea'afoa Solomona To'ailoa, says the amended claim will be focussed on the legality of the transport reform act.

"The basis of the claim will be that the key provisions of the Act are unconstitutional so that the Act ought to be struck down. So the withdrawal of our statement of claim and motion in our view is neither a victory for the government nor a defeat for PASS. It was simply a manifestation in our view of what we would consider to be a responsible exercise of professional discretion."

Tolea'afoa Solomona To'ailoa says if they can successfully challenge the legality of the Act, then the switch cannot take place.