6 Mar 2017

Samoa to allow left-hand drive vehicles again

10:37 am on 6 March 2017

Left-hand drive vehicles will soon be allowed back into Samoa.

A road in Samoa

A road in Samoa Photo: AFP

Left-hand drive vehicles were banned when the country moved from driving on the right-hand side of the road to the left in 2009.

But the Samoa Observer reported that the Land Transport Authority would allow them again from 1 April, but only as private vehicles.

The authority's road use manager, Tamaseugogo Tauiliili Leo Bartley, said there would be strict conditions and only 100 left-hand drive vehicles will be allowed into the country per month.

The rule change will again see vehicles able to be imported from neighbouring American Samoa, as well as Hawaii and the mainland United States.

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