15 Oct 2013

American Samoa bus safety changes resisted

4:45 pm on 15 October 2013

A government official in American Samoa says bus owners and operators are continuing to resist proposed new safety rules which would require changes in the structure of buses.

The Department of Public Safety's Motor Carrier Safety programme and the Department of Commerce met several commercial vehicle owners and operators to discuss the new regulations.

Changes that the bus owners are not supporting include having a door at the rear of the buses and requiring drivers to wear seat belts.

According to our correspondent, some operators say these changes would alter the structure of aiga buses which have become an icon for American Samoa.

The co-ordinator of the Office of Highway Safety, Fred Scanlan, says after hearing the feedback from the meeting they will work on changes to the current statute.