29 Jan 2004

American Samoa to enforce taxi fares

11:15 am on 29 January 2004

Taxi fares in American Samoa are being strictly enforced, after complaints from locals and tourists of overcharging.

Tourism officer, Moli Lemana, says taxi drivers have no right to overcharge.

But he says taxi drivers and owners are complaining that official rates have not gone for 12 years old.

They sat they've had to increase fares because the cost of living has been going up.

The Chairman of the Commerce Commission, Ali'imau Scanlan, says they are looking at a plan rate of increase for taxi drivers.

But he says it is illegal for taxis to overcharge passengers.

The commerce commission is implementing a new regulation for all taxis to be metered, by July.