4 Feb 2009

Renews call for delay in Samoa's road switch

8:37 pm on 4 February 2009

There's a renewed call for the government of Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi to delay the effective date for the controversial road switch .

The call was made by the People's Party leader, Tole'afoa Solomona Toa'iloa, in a statement which comes eight months before the date of the switch in September this year.

Under the Road Transport Reform Bill 2008, Government plans to change the side of the road for vehicles to travel on from right to left.

Tole'afoa said given the worsening state of the world economy "the costs of implementing this ill-conceived policy will push Samoa into deeper financial strain."

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoli'ai Sa'ilele Malielegaoi has said the change would enable more families in Samoa to own vehicles, provided by their relatives in New Zealand and Australia.