1 Sep 2009

Samoa government considers final protest plea for road switch to be delayed

2:03 pm on 1 September 2009

The Samoa Prime Minister has told protestors against his Government's plans to have the country drive on the left hand side of the road, that Cabinet will consider a request for the move to be postponed.

Five hundred people protested in Apia today over the switch which is due to come into force from Monday next week.

The People Against Swiching Sides, or PASS president, Lefau Waikaremoana So'onalole, on behalf of the protesters, urged Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, and his Cabinet to delay the switch.

The President told the protestors that PASS has changed its position and now supports the move, in principle, but wants the government to postpone it until all the necessary requirements for road safety are implemented.

The Prime Minister in response says both PASS and the government have the same concerns on road safety and he has called a special Cabinet meeting to discuss the protesters concerns.