6 May 2009

Samoa judge reserves decision in road switch case

1:13 pm on 6 May 2009

A supreme court judge in Samoa has reserved his decision in the case seeking to overturn the government's plan to switch to driving on the other side of the road from September.

Under the Road Transport Reform Bill 2008, Samoans will have to change to driving on the left side of the road and preparations are well underway for the switch.

The Attorney General, on behalf of the government, filed a strike out motion against members involved in the opposing lobby group PASS who took legal action.

Our correspondent in Apia, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia, says people are now awaiting a decision as the formal date for the switch is just months away.

"The strike out motion by the Attorney General is seeking a ruling by the court to strike out the legal action by PASS. But the sole representative for PASS and also the former chairman of PASS or People Against Switching Sides lawyer Toleafoa Solomona Toailoa said he's confident the strike out motion by the Attorney General will not succeed. But that is something for us to wait for that reserved decision."

Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia